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Title: East and West in Late Antiquity: Invasion, Settlement, Ethnogenesis and Conflicts of Religion
Author: Liebeschuetz, Wolf
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2015
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004282926
Volumes: 1; Pages: 477
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East and West in Late Antiquity combines published and unpublished articles by emeritus professor Wolf Liebeschuetz. The collection concerns aspects of what Gibbon called 'the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'. This interpretation is now much criticized, but the author agrees with Gibbon. Topics discussed are defensive strategies, the settlement inside the Empire of invaders and immigrants, and the modification of identities with the formation of new communities. Liebeschuetz is interested in both the eastern and the western halves of the Empire. In the East he is particularly concerned with Syria, the expansion of settlement up to the edge of the desert, and Christianisation. The book ends with an examination of the role of the Christian Arab Ghassanids in the defense of the Syrian provinces in the century leading up to the conquest of the provinces by the Islamic Arabs.Table of ContentsPart 1. The West Rubbish disposal in Greek and Roman cities Was there a crisis of the third century? Transformation and decline: are the two really incompatible? Unsustainable development: the origins of ruined landscapes in the Roman Empire Warlords and landlords The debate about the ethnogenesis of the Germanic tribesMaking a Gothic history: does the Getica of Jordanes preserve genuinely Gothic traditions? Why did Jordanes write the Getica? Habitus Barbarus: did Barbarians look different from Romans? Barbarians and taxesViolence in the Barbarian successor kingdoms Goths and Romans in the Leges Visigothorum Part 2. The East Syria: defence and settlement The impact of the imposition of Roman rule on northern Syria Nomads, phylarchs and settlement in Syria and Palestine Late late antiquity (6th and 7th centuries) in the cities of the Roman Near East Arab tribesmen and desert frontiers in late antique Syria  Paganism and Christianity Julian's hymn to the Mother of the Gods: the revival and justification of traditional religion The view from Antioch : from Libanius via John Chrysostom to John Malalas and beyond From Antioch to Piazza Armerina and back again Theodoret's Graecarum affectionum curatio, defending Christianity in Christian syriaThe school of Antioch and its opponents  The Balkans: a contrastThe lower Danube region under pressure: from Valens to Heraclius.