By David Gwynn
The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, financial, and Administrative Survey" reworked the research of the past due old global. during this quantity a couple of top students re-evaluate the influence of Jones' nice paintings, the impacts that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones' old process, his primary wisdom of past due Roman political, social, financial and spiritual buildings, and his well-known review of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined the following within the gentle of contemporary study. This quantity deals a helpful relief to lecturers and scholars alike who search to higher comprehend and take advantage of the worthwhile source that's the Later Roman Empire. individuals comprise Averil Cameron, Peter Garnsey, David Gwynn, Peter Heather, Caroline Humfress, Luke Lavan, Wolfgang Liebeschuetz, Stefan Rebenich, Alexander Sarantis, Roger Tomlin, Bryan Ward-Perkins, and Michael Whitby.
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14 alexander sarantis numerous book reviews he wrote for the Journal of Roman Studies bear this out. Indeed, it should not be assumed that Jones cut himself off from the intellectual world and interpreted the primary material with no care for his contemporaries’ views. 28 Time was also a critical factor. In The Greek City he referred to “a lack of space”, and in the Later Roman Empire he claimed “I early realised that if in a field so vast I tried to read the modern literature exhaustively and keep abreast of current scholarship I should not have time to read the sources.
Numismatists have studied these intensively, and an historian may perhaps be permitted to say in his opinion they have sometimes attached an excessive significance to this”. 37 Ibid. 80: “historians would like to know technical data which yield objectively certain results”. 38 “Capitatio and Iugatio” (1957) 88: “Among the many fields of Roman history which Mr. Last has illuminated the later Roman Empire is not the least, and it was he who first encouraged me to embark on its study”. arnold hugh martin jones (1904–1970) 17 built an image of himself which he presented to the world”,39 Last’s striking and open character meant that he became a natural source of advice for all studying Roman history in 1920s and 1930s Oxford.
However, the three historians whose works seem to have had the most pronounced influence on Jones were not his acquaintances. One of these was Gibbon. Roger Jones remembers that his father was a great admirer of Gibbon and used to say that it would be extremely difficult to update The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire given that it contained very few mistakes. 41 Therefore, Jones chose to adopt a very different focus from these works, while examining the same period. D. 42 In his piece on Rostovtzeff, Jones exalted the Russian’s powers of synthesis and imagination, and his courage Fraser (2004) 1.
A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire (Brill's Series on the Early Middle Ages) by David Gwynn