The ‘long’ late antiquity: a late twentieth-century model

Averil Cameron

in Classics in Progress

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263235
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734328 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The ‘long’ late antiquity: a late twentieth-century model

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The last generation has seen an ‘explosion’ in the study of late antiquity. Whether people call it ‘the later Roman empire’ or ‘late antiquity’, the term now in much more common use in English. Handbooks are rapidly appearing to help their teachers meet this demand and they too express the current understanding of what is to be included. This chapter argues that a particular model for the study of this period has come to have a strong influence on students and scholars alike, and it asks how and why this is so, and what implications there are for the future study of the subject. Andrea Giardina has called this a particularly Anglo-centric phenomenon.

Keywords: late antiquity; Roman empire; Constantinople; Andrea Giardina; Christian empire

Chapter.  11823 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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