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By David M. Gwynn

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The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, monetary, and Administrative Survey" remodeled the research of the overdue old global. during this quantity a few prime students re-evaluate the effect of Jones' nice paintings, the impacts that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations.

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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.

Writing the late roman empire: method and sources 27 Jones’ box is no treasure chest. There are pages and pages of pencilled notes taken, yes, from one primary source after another. Letters, chronicles, historical narratives are gutted, one by one. The legal sources are systematically and heavily noted, as are the papyri. Sometimes, but not always, references to papyri are grouped together under a topic. There are a few, very few, notes taken from books and articles. In the case of certain periodicals he had looked through all the issues, for the most part in the search for new documents.

But such topics as the development of monasticism, or the growing wealth of the church and the consequent evolution of corrupt and simoniacal practices are, because they did not give rise to correspondence and councils, completely ignored. Again, administrative changes which were carried out by enactments are fully discussed, but those which came about by custom are often omitted. Stein probably intended to fill these gaps by a series of chapters on various aspects of the age of Justinian, but only one, on the golden age of Byzantine literature, was written when he died.

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