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City in Late Antiquity (John Rich) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 1996) 9780415144315

Title: City in Late Antiquity

Author: Rich, John

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Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1996

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415144315

Volumes: 1; Pages: 216

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The Roman Empire in its early centuries was a world of cities, dominated by landowning elites and conforming to a common pattern in their institutions, buildings and culture. In The City in Late Antiquity archaeologists and historians bring together their two disciplines to discuss what became of these cities, after the crisis of the third century and the later collapse of the Empire.

While the classical city has often been portrayed as in decline everywhere by the fourth century, this book shows this picture to be too simplistice. In some regions, such as Africa, old customs were still vigorous, while elsewhere, for example in Britain, urban life disappeared and the cities survived only as fortresses, if at all. This book pays particular attention to the impact of the Christianization of the Empire on the cities.

Table of Contents


1. The End of The Ancient City -Wolfgang Liebeschuetz

2. The Survival and Fall of the Classical City in Late Roman Africa--Claude Lepelley

3. Christianity and the City in Late Roman Gaul--Jill Harries

4. The Use and Abuse of Urbanism in the Danubian Provinces During the Later Roman Empire--Andrew Poulter

5. The End of The city in Roman Britain--Richard Reece

6. 'The Cities are Not Populated as Once they Were'--Philip Dixon

7. Public Buildings and Urban Change in Northern Italy in the Early Medieval Period--Christina la Rocca

8. Antioch: From Byzantium to Islam and back again--Hugh Kennedy

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