The Second Edition of A History of the Later Roman Empirefeatures extensive revisions and updates to the highly-acclaimed,sweeping historical survey of the Roman Empire from the accessionof Diocletian in AD 284 to the death of Heraclius in 641. Features a revised narrative of the political history thatshaped the late Roman EmpireIncludes extensive changes to the chapters on regional history,especially those relating to Asia Minor and EgyptOffers a renewed evaluation of the decline of the empire in thelater sixth and seventh centuriesPlaces a larger emphasis on the military deficiencies, collapseof state finances, and role of bubonic plague throughout the Europein Rome’s declineIncludes systematic updates to the bibliography
Graeco-Roman religion in its classic form was polytheistic; on the other hand, monotheistic ideas enjoyed wide currency in ancient philosophy. This contradiction provides a challenge for our understanding of ancient pagan religion. Certain forms of cult activity, including acclamations of 'one god' and the worship of theos hypsistos, the highest god, have sometimes been interpreted as evidence for pagan monotheism. This book discusses pagan monotheism in its philosophical and intellectual context, traces the evolution of new religious ideas in the time of the Roman empire, and evaluates the usefulness of the term 'monotheism' as a way of understanding these developments in later antiquity outside the context of Judaism and Christianity. In doing so, it establishes a framework for understanding the relationship between polytheistic and monotheistic religious cultures between the first and fourth centuries AD.
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