2. Political History

The Later Roman Empire

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Christopher Kelly

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch2

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Kelly, C. (2012) Political History, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • Augustine, apologist, political history of the Roman Empire;
  • the Roman world, an empire partitioned;
  • rule of Constantine and Constantius II;
  • Constantine, and the empire, against Persian aggression;
  • Augustine's consecration as bishop of Hippo;
  • Ammianus' 18 books, a world slipping out of imperial control;
  • the Greek East and the Latin West;
  • differences between the cultural, religious, political histories;
  • Augustine, largely absent, appearing in the Confessions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • An Empire Divided

  • Barbarians and Romans

  • The Shock of the New

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading