Roman Society in Gaul in the Merovingian Age

Roman Society in Gaul in the Merovingian Age

Roman Society in Gaul in the Merovingian Age

Roman Society in Gaul in the Merovingian Age

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This work, which occupied the last years of the life of the late Sir Samuel Dill, was virtually finished at the time of his death on May 26, 1924. It was intended by the author to complete a trilogy of studies of Roman Society, of which the two former, Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius and Roman Society in the Last Century of the Western Empire are well known.

Before he died he asked me to prepare for publication his final study of the period at which Roman Society is seen in Gaul in its decline and mergence with the more virile and barbaric forces of the Teutonic invaders. We had often discussed the scope and problems of the work, and I believe that in its arrangement and presentation his intentions have been in the main fulfilled.

Sir Samuel Dill was conscious of defects and repetitions in the work which would, no doubt, have been remedied had he lived. Some of these have been corrected; in other instances I have allowed passages of power and interest to stand, at the risk of some duplication.

In the preparation of this book for the Press the assistance of Dr. L. C. Purser, Vice-Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, an old friend of the author, has been invaluable. The notes and references which are appended are due in the main to his learning and research. Without his aid the task of supplying authorities from so wide a field, with but little assistance from the manuscript, would have been one of insuperable difficulty.

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