A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire (Brill's Series on by David M. Gwynn

By David M. Gwynn

The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, financial, and Administrative Survey" remodeled the learn of the past due vintage global. during this quantity a couple of top students reconsider the effect of Jones' nice paintings, the impacts that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations.

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See Rebenich (ch. 3) 49–53 in this volume for a more detailed discussion of Stein’s influence on Jones. 42 Mostafa El-Abbabi remembers Jones referring to himself as Rostovtzeff ’s ‘spiritual pupil’. 43 The wide range of The Social and Economic History of the Roman Empire clearly encouraged a young Jones to attempt a similarly broad approach. 45 Jones appreciated that all historians are to some extent influenced in their writings on the past by their experiences of the present. 46 How far non-academic factors exerted an influence over his own writings is hard to determine, considering that he spent the majority of his life working assiduously on academic projects within the confines of Oxbridge Colleges, and, being a private man, rarely disclosed his political or religious opinions to those around him.

His practice resembled that of Fustel du Coulanges, whom he rivalled in his range of knowledge, which no contemporary historian of antiquity equalled. 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].

The Greek City (1940) vii. 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.

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