Chapter 7. The Shapes and Shaping of the Late Antique World: Global and Local Perspectives

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Mark Humphries Professor

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch7

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Humphries, M. (2009) The Shapes and Shaping of the Late Antique World: Global and Local Perspectives, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Classics, Ancient History, and Egyptology, Swansea University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101

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Keywords:

  • land and people - The Roman World in Late Antiquity;
  • shape of the world - eternal Rome and its rivals;
  • shapes and shaping of the late antique world;
  • unity and diversity in Roman empire - land, economy, culture, power;
  • grand narratives and regional perspectives;
  • geopolitics of the Late Antique World;
  • interpreting world of Late Antiquity and acknowledging features of unity or diversity;
  • geopolitics of the Late Antique World - relationship of imperial China with its nomadic neighbors

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Shape of the World: Eternal Rome and Its Rivals

  • A Fragile Unity

  • Unity and Diversity in the Roman Empire: Land, Economy, Culture, Power

  • Grand Narratives and Regional Perspectives

  • The Geopolitics of the Late Antique World

  • Bibliographical Note