XV
RECOVERY AND
COLLAPSE

KEY DATES IN CHAPTER XV
AD 284–305Reign of Diocletian
AD 303–11The Great Persecution
AD 306–37Reign of Constantine
AD 313Constantine’s Edict of Toleration
AD 325Council of Nicaea
AD 361–3Reign of Julian
AD 376Valens allows parties of Goths to cross the Danube, beginning the events leading to the defeat of the eastern Roman army at Adrianople
AD 395On the death of Theodosius the empire is ruled by Honorius in the west and Arcadius in the east, both of them minors
AD 409–75Progressive conquest of Iberian peninsula by Visigoths
AD 410Rome sacked by the Goths
AD 429Vandals invade Africa, capturing Carthage in AD 439
AD 435–8Compilation of Notitia Dignitatum
AD 442–52The Huns, led by Attila, ravage the Balkans, Gaul, and Italy
AD 455Rome sacked by the Vandals
AD 476Last western emperor deposed by Odoacer the Ostrogoth

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • List of Illustrations xii
  • List of Maps xiv
  • Notes on Further Reading xv
  • I - The Whole Story xvi
  • II - Empires of the Mind 13
  • III - Rulers of Italy 30
  • IV - Imperial Ecology 48
  • V - Mediterranean Hegemony 62
  • VI - Slavery and Empire 82
  • VII - Crisis 96
  • VIII - At Heaven’s Command? 113
  • IX - The Generals 128
  • X - The Enjoyment of Empire 146
  • XI - Emperors 162
  • XII - Resourcing Empire 185
  • XIII - War 200
  • XIV - Imperial Identities 218
  • XV - Recovery and Collapse 232
  • XVI - A Christian Empire 254
  • XVII - Things Fall Apart 272
  • XVIII - The Roman Past and the Roman Future 288
  • Notes 301
  • Bibliography 327
  • Glossary of Technical Terms 357
  • Photographic Acknowledgements 361
  • Index 362
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