By David Gwynn
The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, financial, and Administrative Survey" remodeled the examine of the past due old global. during this quantity a couple of major students reconsider the influence of Jones' nice paintings, the affects that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones' ancient procedure, his primary wisdom of overdue Roman political, social, financial and spiritual constructions, and his recognized overview of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined the following within the gentle of recent study. This quantity bargains a worthwhile reduction to teachers and scholars alike who search to higher comprehend and take advantage of the important source that's the Later Roman Empire. individuals contain 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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Had Jones paid closer attention to the writings of contemporaries, concocted grandiose theories based on modern approaches, or stuck closely to a Brunt (2004) 1; Liebeschuetz (1992) 6. See “Ancient Heresies” (1959), esp. 297, and Constantine (1948) 79–102 on ‘The Conversion of Constantine’ as motivated by strong religious beliefs. 62 I am grateful to Jones’ children, Eleanor Gidney and Roger Jones, and to Mostafa El-Abbabi for this information on Jones’ support for the local church and knowledge of Christian doctrine.
Then, one notes his lack of interest in the history of ideas, as opposed to institutions. He was interested in how institutions worked, not in the minds of the men who manned them. 25 Why did Jones stay with institutions? We should not overlook the formative influence of his long wartime service in the Ministry of Labour (followed by a stretch in military intelligence), at a time when he was already planning his great work.
I cannot say that my picture of Jones was ever as rounded as his, for I had only three fleeting though unforgettable encounters with him. One transpired a couple of years before his death, when Jones appeared in my rooms at University College, Oxford, unannounced, one morning after breakfast. He went straight to the point: “I am Jones. I want to talk about your article”. I had, with the rashness of youth, questioned his view that the senatorial court in Rome under the Principate had a basis in law rather than imperial authority.
A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire (Brill's Series on the Early Middle Ages) by David Gwynn