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free read The Roman Empire at Bay AD 180 395 ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ñ David S Potter's comprehensive survey of two critical and eventful centuries traces the course of imperial decline skillfully weaving together cultural intellectual and political historyParticular attention is paid throughout to the stStruggles for control between different elements in the government resulting in an inefficient centralization of power at courtA striking achievement of historical synthesis combined with a compelling interpretative line The Roman Empire at Bay enables students of all periods to understand the dynamics of great imperial powe. The crowning achievement of a long career as a classicist Potter's work is an exhaustive treatment of the crisis of the third century the recovery under Diocletian and his successors and the beginning of the final decline of Rome at the end of the fourth century Unlike some classicists Potter is also unafraid to offer an analytical explanatory model for the changes he catalogs Obviously inspired by a Weberian understanding of the state as well as recent work on Roman culture and identity Potter's insights as to the decline of the Roman elite and the conseuences for Roman governance are outstanding

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In the empire There is also a strong focus on Christianity transformed in this period from a fringe sect to the leading religionAgainst this detailed background Potter argues that the loss of power can mainly be attributed to the failure in the imperial elite to respond to changes inside and outside the empire and to internal. Recommended to me by Patrick Clark one of my Graduate Student Instructors at Cal Patrick recommended this text as a foundation and background for my thesis on the Battle of Adrianople Roman Grand Strategy and the fall of the Empire When I started working on my thesis I had not studied the Roman Empire extensively I had been gripped by Rome after taking a class on the Republic taught by Prof Norena so I needed context If you are looking for that a history book on the Roman Empire I would read Potter's The Roman Empire at Bay It provides a broad comprehensive context of the Roman Empire as it deals with the 3rd century crisis recovery and decline The reason The Roman Empire at Bay is on Goodreads is because I read it cover to cover

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The Roman Empire at Bay AD 180 395David S Potter's comprehensive survey of two critical and eventful centuries traces the course of imperial decline skillfully weaving together cultural intellectual and political historyParticular attention is paid throughout to the structures of government the rise of Persia as a rival and the diverse intellectual movements. Potter's treatment of this oft neglected portion of Roman history is magesterial his arguments are cogent and concise hard though as that is to believe considering the length of this tome particularly in the realm of economic history and his interaction with previous scholarship is both informed and selective His strengths are largely historiographical and economic such as when he discusses the coinage crisis The through line of his narrative seeks to trace the development of a bureaucracy something which the early empire had not at all and the high empire possessed only in its infancy in the Empire as it placed greater and greater emphasis on centralization and then discuss how this centralization effected the rest of the empire whether in terms of the military administration typology or provincial government Potter's book is long nearly 1000 pages including notes But he is never dry and he is able to discuss even complex problems such as coinage and military tactics without lapsing into lecturing He freuently seems to be discussing issues with the reader something that cannot be praised highly enough in today's world of horrid prose However this discussion is significantly weakened by Routledge's stubborn refusal to use footnotes rather than the blasted endnotes that no one can find This really is my only uibble with the work as his scholarship and interaction with even areas that many classicists deal poorly with eg biblical studies and early Christianity were dealt with fairly