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Title: Aurelian and the Third Century
Author: Watson, Alaric
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1999
Paperback; ISBN: 9780415301879
Volumes: 1; Pages: 328
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In his brief reign, Aurelian contributed more to the recovery of the Roman empire than any other individual of his time. He decisively repelled the German invaders threatening the Danube and crushed the enemies, Zenobia and Tetricus. Among his other achievements, he also introduced major monetary reforms and constructed the defensive walls around Rome that still bear his name to this day.
Aurelian and the Third Century provides a re-evaluation in the light of recent scholarship of the difficulties facing the Roman empire in the A.D. 260s and 270s, concentrating upon the reign of the emperor Aurelian and his part in surmounting them. It includes an introduction that examines the socio-cultural context of the mid-third century, and follows with a chronological examination of the military and political events of the period from 268 to 276 and an analysis of the importance of the achievements and events of Aurelian's reign.
List of Abbreviations.
List of dates.
1. Introduction: The Third-Century Crisis.
Part I: 'Restorer of the World'
2. A Divided Empire
3. Aurelian Ascendent
4. Zenobia and the East
5. The Palmyrene Wars
6. War in the West: The Re-unification of the Empire
7. The End of Aurelian
Part II: Internal Politics
8. Economic Reforms
9. Public Works and Administration
10. The Emperor, the Senate and the Armies
11. The Emperor and the Divine Conclusion.
Appendix A: Excursion on Sources.
Appendix B: Problems of chronology.