By David Gwynn
The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, fiscal, and Administrative Survey" reworked the learn of the overdue vintage international. during this quantity a few major students think again the impression of Jones' nice paintings, the affects that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones' old process, his basic wisdom of overdue Roman political, social, fiscal and non secular constructions, and his well-known overview of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined the following within the gentle of contemporary examine. This quantity bargains a useful relief to teachers and scholars alike who search to raised comprehend and take advantage of the valuable source that's the Later Roman Empire. individuals 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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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”. 24 Crook finds here not arrogance, but “a rather over-rigid adherence to principle”; while Brunt talks of Jones’ confidence “that in setting out what he saw as certain or probable, on the basis of his mastery of the original evidence, he would have much to say that was true, which others had not discerned”.
The strictly narrative form of presentation somewhat restricts the scope of the book. In ecclesiastical affairs, for instance, a very full account is given of the doctrinal controversies of the age, since they gave rise to events. 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.
M. Jones. This last sentence takes us back to a world without computers and photocopiers; but neither it seems did Jones use typewriter, carbon or stencil. There is conveyed an acute sense of the unique value of his references, and a recognition of the time he had taken to accumulate them. A graduate student of his (Keith Hopkins) was once lent by Jones a book into which were interleaved two or three pages of notes. These pages he was unable to return, to Jones’ chagrin and his own acute embarrassment.
A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire (Brill's Series on the Early Middle Ages) by David Gwynn