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Ruling the later Roman Empire

Author: Christopher Kelly
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.
Series: Revealing antiquity, 15.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press paperback edView all editions and formats
"The book opens with a view of its times through the eyes of a high-ranking official in sixth-century Constantinople, John Lydus. His On the Magistracies of the Roman State, the only memoir of its kind to come down to us, gives an impassioned and revealing account of his career and the system in which he worked. Kelly draws a wealth of insight from this singular memoir and goes on to trace the operation of power and  Read more...

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Named Person: Johannes (Lydos)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Kelly
ISBN: 9780674015647 0674015649 9780674022447 0674022440
OCLC Number: 320836328
Awards: Nominated for James Henry Breasted Prize 2005
Description: 341 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: The bureaucrat's tale. Introduction: John Lydus: a man and his book. All the prefect's men ; The competition for spoils --
Rulers and the ruled. Introduction: Passages from the principate to late antiquity. Standing in line ; Purchasing power ; Autocracy and bureaucracy --
Epilogue: Last judgments.
Series Title: Revealing antiquity, 15.
Responsibility: Christopher Kelly.


Kelly portrays a complex system of government openly regulated by networks of personal influence and the payment of money. Focusing on the Roman Empire after Constantine's conversion to Christianity,  Read more...


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The Roman empire created the most remarkable administrative machines of all time. Its men and its workings are the theme of Christopher Kelly's book, compelling and enlightening for all who live Read more...

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