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Late Roman Spain and Its Cities (Ancient Society and History) Hardcover – August 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Ancient Society and History
  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801879787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801879784
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,848,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will result in a significant re-evaluation of the way we view late and post-Roman Spain.

(Ralph Mathisen, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign)

Late antiquity is emerging as a field in its own right, and an earlier review... noted three essential works. Kulikowski's is a fourth.

(Choice)

This book makes a valuable contribution with its vivid presentation and synthesis of recent Spanish archaeological research.

(Rachel L. Stocking Speculum)

Kulikowski has succeeded in laying the foundations for ever more detailed enquiries about the history of a period which scholars are less and less ready to characterize as 'of limited interest' and 'transitional.'

(Patrick Le Roux Mediterranean Historical Review)

Kulikowski's book is one of extraordinary sweep, vision, and scholarship... Provides a comprehensive picture of Roman urban institutions and society in Spain, as well as a detailed examination of their transformation into the Christian world of the early Middle Ages in a fashion that is at once accessible, informed, and illuminating.

(Evan W. Haley American Historical Review)

A valuable and fascinating contribution... which shows us how the history of this period should be written.

(John Richardson Catholic Historical Review)

This thought-provoking and stimulating study demands a fundamental reappraisal of some of the long-standing assumptions of social and urban transformation: not only in Spain, but in the western empire as a whole.

(A. H. Merrills Early Medieval Europe)

Well-produced and easy to use... Extremely useful.

(Gareth Sears Journal of Roman Studies)

A powerful and important contribution to debates about the nature of the peninsula at this time.

(A. T. Fear Classical Review)

Has the merit of introducing the Anglophone reader reader to the most recent archaeological research from Spain and Portugal, a subject he knows very well.

(José Carlos Saquete Ancient West and East)

A narrative history of Spain from AD 400 to 500, the establishment of a Gothickingdom in the early 6th century and what this meant for the mechanics and institutions of town and city life, complete the work.

(Oxbow Book News)

From the Back Cover

Honorable Mention, Association of American Publishers’ Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards in Classics and Archeology

The history of Spain in late antiquity offers important insights into the dissolution of the western Roman empire and the emergence of medieval Europe. Nonetheless, scholarship on Spain in this period has lagged behind that on other Roman provinces. Michael Kulikowski draws on the most recent archaeological and literary evidence to integrate late antique Spain into the broader history of the Roman empire, providing a definitive narrative and analytical account of the Iberian peninsula from AD 300 to 600.

"Kulikowski's book is one of extraordinary sweep, vision, and scholarship... Provides a comprehensive picture of Roman urban institutions and society in Spain, as well as a detailed examination of their transformation into the Christian world of the early Middle Ages in a fashion that is at once accessible, informed, and illuminating."— American Historical Review

"This book makes a valuable contribution with its vivid presentation and synthesis of recent Spanish archaeological research."— Speculum

"This thought-provoking and stimulating study demands a fundamental reappraisal of some of the long-standing assumptions of social and urban transformation: not only in Spain, but in the western empire as a whole."— Early Medieval Europe

"A powerful and important contribution to debates about the nature of the peninsula at this time."— Classical Review

Michael Kulikowski is a professor and head of the Department of History at Pennsylvania State University.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By quosum on March 15, 2011
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Professor Kulilowski makes use of recent archeology to chart the course of the rise and fall (or transformation rather) of cities in Spain. And not just the towns themselves, but the larger territories that were part and parcel of the Roman 'civitas'. He argues interestingly and well that the timing and pace of transformation in Spain from classic to Christian, from Roman to Visigothic requires this updating. He notes that archeological evidence in Spain has been allowed to speak for itself only in the last 20 years or so, and it now paints a different picture than the one held for most of the 20th century. He also authoritatively reviews the literature, around which a certain narrative has been built in the past, in light of the new archeological evidence.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. Harvey Jr. on August 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this monograph after reading the informative review by Leonard Curchin in the on-line Bryn Mawr Classical Review. The book is as advertised. A well-argued, extremely well-documented contribution to our understanding not just of late antique Spain, but of urbanism and civil societies throughout the later eras of the Roman empure.
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