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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 examine of the past due vintage global. during this quantity a couple of top students think again the impression of Jones' nice paintings, the affects that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones' historic technique, his basic wisdom of past due Roman political, social, monetary and non secular constructions, and his recognized overview of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined the following within the gentle of recent study. This quantity bargains a useful relief to teachers and scholars alike who search to raised comprehend and make the most the worthwhile source that's the Later Roman Empire. members contain 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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There is however more in Jones’ elaborate confession than meets the eye. There are two layers of deception. First, it appears that, while giving the impression that his neglect of the secondary literature was primarily a factor of time, he really did undervalue it. This is conceded by both Brunt and Crook, and has been confirmed to me by his pupils Hopkins and Duncan-Jones. Moreover, a careful reading of the Later Roman Empire will expose Jones’ true attitude. At times he seems to be teasing his audience.

4. Conclusion The Later Roman Empire is the fons et origo of the extraordinary expansion in late Roman studies that has occurred in the last few decades, at any rate in the English-speaking world, and its influence continues unabated (if not always acknowledged). Momigliano, after airing his doubts about the great work, wrote “we and our sons and grandsons must learn to live with Jones’ Later Roman Empire” [my italics]. There See Momigliano (1965) 264: “Among classical scholars, Professor Jones is second only to Mr.

Rostovtzeff ”, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 7 (1954) 334–46, reprinted in idem (1966) Studies in Historiography (London 1966) 91–104 ——. M. Jones’ The Later Roman Empire”, Oxford Magazine, NS, 5 (4 March 1965) 264–5, reprinted in idem (1969) Quarto contributo alla storia degli studi classici e del mondo antico (Rome 1969) 645–47 Morris J. M. I. L. (1961) All Souls and appeasement: a contribution to contemporary history (London 1961) ——. (1995) Historians I have known (London 1995) The Cheltonian Magazine (Cheltenham 1920 and 1921) The Times, 10th April 1970 page 12, issue 57840; 19th February 1951, page 8, issue 51929; and 8th June 1929, page 10, issue 45224 CHAPTER TWO WRITING THE LATE ROMAN EMPIRE: METHOD AND SOURCES Peter Garnsey 1.

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