By David Gwynn
The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, monetary, and Administrative Survey" remodeled the examine of the past due old global. during this quantity a couple of best students think again the influence of Jones' nice paintings, the impacts that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones' old process, his basic wisdom of overdue Roman political, social, financial and spiritual constructions, and his well-known evaluation of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined the following within the gentle of contemporary examine. This quantity deals a important reduction to teachers and scholars alike who search to higher comprehend and take advantage of the worthy source that's the Later Roman Empire. individuals contain 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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Introduction A slight wiry man, dogged by ill-health throughout his Cambridge career, he was a tireless walker (the only recreation he listed in Who’s Who) and talker, especially a talker of shop. M. Jones for the Jesus College Report of 1970. I cannot say that my picture of Jones was ever as rounded as his, for I had only three fleeting though unforgettable encounters with him. One transpired a couple of years before his death, when Jones appeared in my rooms at University College, Oxford, unannounced, one morning after breakfast.
51 Ibid. 52 “Review of Stein” (1953/4) 352: “For the next two and a half years Professor and Madame Stein had to live in precarious hiding in occupied France, till in December 1942 they managed to escape to Switzerland; but Professor Stein’s health was already seriously undermined, and on 25 February 1945 he died. In these circumstances it is well-nigh miraculous that he managed almost to complete the work”. 20 alexander sarantis of the colonels. 53 Unlike Rostovtzeff, Jones did not allow his politics to overtly influence his work.
For a start, he did not employ modern terms with obvious political connotations, such as ‘proletariat’ or ‘bourgeoisie’. 54 Nevertheless, Jones’ historical writing does sometimes hint at his general approval of local democracies and distaste for centralised bureaucratic regimes. 56 Jones’ rose-tinted view of the classical city was presumably in part the result of a traditional classical education in which the polis was generally revered, but it seems likely that his belief in ‘public spiritedness’ also underpinned his conclusions.