9780415072489

Aurelian and the Third Century

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415072489

  • ISBN10:

    0415072484

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-04-19
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

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 Centuryprovides a re-evaluation in the light of recent scholarship of the difficulties facing the Roman empire in the AD 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.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
ix
Preface xi
List of abbreviations
xiii
List of dates
xiv
Introduction: the third-century `crisis'
1(20)
PART I `Restorer of the World' 21(102)
A divided empire
23(16)
Aurelian ascendant
39(18)
Zenobia and the east
57(13)
The Palmyrene Wars
70(19)
War in the west: the reunification of the empire
89(12)
The end of Aurelian
101(22)
PART II Internal Policies 123(80)
Economic reforms
125(18)
Public works and administration
143(16)
The emperor, the senate and the armies
159(24)
The emperor and the divine
183(20)
Conclusion 203(6)
Appendix A: excursion on sources 209(6)
Appendix B: problems of chronology 215(11)
Notes 226(55)
Bibliography 281(6)
Index 287

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