Theodosius. The Empire at Bay.
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Routledge, London, 1994. 238,6p. ills.(B&W photographs, 4 maps). Paperback. Nice copy. 'The Theodosius of this brisk survey is a clear-sighted, capable, but emotionally somewhat unstable ruler, who was ultimately unfortunate in his manful struggle against heavy odds. Newcomers to the field will welcome the clear narrative, robust opinions, and sensible overview of the Theodosian Empire, especially the intelligent discussion of military matters (.). This liverly and unpretentious account will serve as a useful starting-point for undergraduates.' (NEIL McLYNN in The Journal of Roman Studies, 1995, p.334). From the library of Professor Carl Deroux. Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 44726
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Summoned from retirement to the throne after the disastrous Roman defeat by the Goths at Adrianople, Theodosius was called on to rebuild the armies and put the shattered state back together. He instituted a new policy towards the barbarians, in which diplomacy played a larger role than military might, at a time of increasing frontier dangers and acute manpower shortage. He was also the founder of the established Apostolic Catholic Church. Unlike other Christian emperors, he suppressed both heresy and paganism and enforced orthodoxy by law.
The path was a diffucult one, but Theodosius (and his successor, Stilicho) had little choice. This new study convincingly demonstrates how a series of political misfortunes led to the separation of the Eastern and Western empires which meant that the overlordship of Rome in Europe dwindled into mere ceremonial. The authors examine the emperor and his character and the state of the Roman empire, putting his reign in the context of the troubled times.
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