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History of the Later Roman Empire from the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (AD 395 to AD 565) [Kindle Edition]

J.B. Bury
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Long after its publication in 1923, J.B. Bury's History of the Later Roman Empire from the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (A.D. 395 to A.D. 565) remains a seminal work in the field that has come to be called Late Antiquity. Although some of Bury's views have been superseded, his two volumes (here combined) remain unsurpassed as a narrative of the collapse of Rome and the rise of Byzantium.

The Skookum e-book edition has been carefully prepared by two scholars and does justice to Bury's majestic work. It has been meticulously retyped (not scanned) and proofread, with careful attention to typographical detail. Features include:

-- Both volumes complete
-- Over 400,000 words of text
-- Thousands of double-linked footnotes
-- Linked cross-references
-- Citations in Greek (as supported by the device)
-- Maps and diagrams
-- Genealogical tables
-- Tables of emperors and bishops
-- Bibliography
-- Fully navigable with Table of Contents and chapter marks.

Note: This work is not to be confused with Bury's History of the Later Roman Empire from Arcadius to Irene (1889).

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  • File Size: 3042 KB
  • Print Length: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Skookum (July 24, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of another time November 9, 2005
J.B. Bury was an historian of note in the early part of the twentieth century. Educated at Irish universities, he ended up as a professor at Cambridge. He did much to expand the historical horizons of students and scholars in the English-speaking world, whose focus had narrowed into distinctly Western emphases. This volume on the Late Roman Empire is one such work - not content to explore the Roman Empire as centred wholly upon Rome (or, as was often the case with British historians, a Rome-Canterbury axis), his interest in the histories further afield is evident by his concentration on `barbarian'/Germanic influences, Eastern Roman Empire and Byzantine events, and courses of history outside of those that led in a linear fashion to the modern British nation.

Quite often, histories written in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries suffer from several deficiencies, the bias described above being but one of them. Lack of reference to archaeological and documentary evidence (some of which was not available) is often the case, and a cultural influence perhaps described as `Christendom-centric' is usually evident, if not blatantly then at least in implied and undergirding assumption. Obviously, Bury's text cannot benefit from the archaeological and methodological developments of the twentieth century, but it does stand the test of time fairly well in terms of being broader in approach, less judgemental in analysis, and fairly close in using original source material and primary documents whenever possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Copy of the Text July 25, 2011
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The original two volumes of History of the Later Roman Empire from the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian aren't easy texts to get a hold of anymore. The first volume is still fairly common from used bookstores, but the second volume can be quite difficult to lock down. Not only is this copy both volumes, but as a Kindle edition, it is very well rendered and formatted as well.

For any other academics out there looking for the perfect reference copy or for college students looking for a leg up in their antiquity studies, this is the perfect edition. Definitely worth the premium, and honestly, probably cheaper than trying to get both volumes used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life November 29, 2013
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I am not a historian but I love reading history. This book is very readable. I have been researching my family tree and since I am descended from so many kings and other leaders books like this one fill in the gaps about my ancestors. I expect I will soon own all of Bury's books that are available. There is nothing here that is boring to me. I hope you will get this book and enjoy it as much as I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How do you rate an ancient historian? December 1, 2012
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I am no professional historian but just a history buff. This was fairly easy to read considering the material, the original author and the time period. This may have to do with the translator. I am saddened that some of the books were destroyed or lost over time. Do to the turnover of the emperors, just two years can be a big chunk of history.
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