By David Gwynn
The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, financial, and Administrative Survey" remodeled the research of the overdue vintage global. during this quantity a few top students reconsider the influence of Jones' nice paintings, the affects that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones' ancient strategy, his basic wisdom of overdue Roman political, social, financial and spiritual buildings, and his well-known overview of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined the following within the mild of recent examine. This quantity bargains a helpful reduction to lecturers and scholars alike who search to higher comprehend and make the most the worthy source that's the Later Roman Empire. participants comprise 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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In the case of certain periodicals he had looked through all the issues, for the most part in the search for new documents. The notepaper is frequently reused, having on the other side, typically, old Greek history lectures, or minutes of meetings, or examination papers, usually dated. Headed paper from University College London, where he was Professor of Ancient History from 1946 to 1951, gives another chronological clue, though he might have brought a store of it with him to Cambridge. The papers are revealing of the method rather than the man.
Croix, and there are more brief notices expressing gratitude, for example, to Mr. R. Meiggs 22 The preface to Jones (1966) begins: “My special interest in the later Roman Empire began before World War II, and this book [a short book on the Decline of the Ancient World] represents some twenty-five years of labour and thought” (vi). 38 peter garnsey of Balliol and Mr. M. Lewis of Christ Church. 23 There was, however, a progressive deterioration in his attitude to the scholarly literature. Crook, with reference to Jones’ last years, talks of Jones’ becoming obsessional in his preference for primary over secondary sources, so that “he did not particularly care whether he was up to date with the secondary literature on the subject”.
Witness this passage from his review: Notes at the foot of the page give the authority for every statement, usually the original sources, occasionally a modern work, but only when that work cites the sources in full: and in such a case minor corrections are often made, or additional evidence added. Controversy is not allowed to intrude into the text, minor points being succinctly argued in the notes, more controversial points set out in twenty-five excursuses. 12 Here we see clear signs of Jones’ own enthusiasm for authentication, and his determination to make accessible to the reader all relevant information.
A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire (Brill's Series on the Early Middle Ages) by David Gwynn