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The history of Spain in late antiquity offers important insights into the dissolution of the western Roman empire and the emergence of medieval Europe. Nonetheless, scholarship on Spain in this period has lagged behind that on other Roman provinces. Michael Kulikowski draws on the most recent archeological and literary evidence to integrate late antique Spain into the broader history of the Roman empire, providing a definitive narrative and analytical account of the Iberian peninsula from A.D. 300 to 600. Kulikowski begins with a concise introduction to the early history of Roman Spain, and then turns to the Diocletianic reforms of 293 and their long-term implications for Roman administration and the political ambitions of post-Roman contenders. He goes on to examine the settlement of barbarian peoples in Spain, the end of Roman rule, and the imposition of Gothic power in the fifth and sixth centuries. In parallel to this narrative account, Kulikowski offers a wide-ranging thematic history, focusing on political power, Christianity, and urbanism. Kulikowski's portrait of late Roman Spain offers some surprising conclusions. With new archeological evidence and a fresh interpretation of well-known literary sources, Kulikowski contradicts earlier assertions of a catastrophic decline of urbanism, finding that the physical and social world of the Roman city continued well into the sixth century despite the decline of Roman power. This groundbreaking study will prompt further reassessments of the other Roman provinces and of medieval Spanish history.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. One: The Creation of Roman Spain
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Two: Urban Institutions in the Principate
  2. pp. 17-38
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  1. Three: Urban Institutions in the Third and Fourth Centuries
  2. pp. 39-64
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  1. Four: Diocletian and the Spanish Fourth Century
  2. pp. 65-84
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  1. Five: Change in the Spanish City
  2. pp. 85-129
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  1. Six: Town and Country
  2. pp. 130-150
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  1. Seven: Imperial Crisis and Recovery
  2. pp. 151-175
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  1. Eight: The End of Roman Spain
  2. pp. 176-196
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  1. Nine: The Aftermath of Empire
  2. pp. 197-214
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  1. Ten: The Impact of Christianity in the Fifth Century
  2. pp. 215-255
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  1. Eleven: The Earlier Sixth Century and the Goths in Spain
  2. pp. 256-286
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  1. Twelve: The New World of the Sixth Century
  2. pp. 287-309
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  1. Appendix 1: The Epistula Honorii
  2. pp. 311-312
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  1. Appendix 2: Magistrates of Late Roman Spain
  2. pp. 313-315
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 317-416
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 417-473
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 475-489
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801899492
Related ISBN
9780801898327
MARC Record
OCLC
868083741
Pages
510
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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