The Later Roman Empire

A Listmania! list by Arch Stanton (Nottingham, UK)
The list author says: "This list is intended to show primarily the best overall surveys of the Later Roman Empire. A few books on a specific topic will be included, but only when I feel like it. I can be capricious. It's my list."
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1-6 (Everyman's Library)
1.  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1-6 (Everyman's Library) by Edward Gibbon
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  "Covers Septimius Severus to Constantine Palaiologos (AD 193-1453). The classic books by Britain's greatest historian. Rather outdated now since they were first published in the 18th Century. The section on the Byzantines in particular has been surpassed by later works."
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History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (Volume 1)
2.  History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (Volume 1) by J. B. Bury
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  "Covers Honorius/Arcadius to Zeno (AD 395-491). J.B. Bury was the premier Late Romanist and Byzantinist (though he'd hate that term) of the 19th Century. In addition to these three sets of books he was responsible for reediting Gibbon's work to bring the footnotes up to date."
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History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (Volume 2)
3.  History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (Volume 2) by J. B. Bury
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  "Covers Anastasius to Justinian (AD 491-565). Part two of Bury's Late Roman history."
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A History of the Later Roman Empire from Arcadius to Irene (395 A.D. to 800 A.D.): Volume 1
4.  A History of the Later Roman Empire from Arcadius to Irene (395 A.D. to 800 A.D.): Volume 1 by John Bagnell Bury
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  "Covers Arcadius/Honorius to Justinian (AD 395-565). These books feature a bit of an overlap with the last one. But they are a separate set."
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A History of the Later Roman Empire from Arcadius to Irene (395 A.D. to 800 A.D.): Volume 2
5.  A History of the Later Roman Empire from Arcadius to Irene (395 A.D. to 800 A.D.): Volume 2 by John Bagnell Bury
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  "Covers Justinian to Irene (AD 565-802). This is the point beyond which the Bury's Eastern Roman Empire is definitely Byzantine. He resented that term, but it is still the simplest way of differentiating between Eastern Rome, Western Rome, Rome Rome, and the Holy Roman Empire."
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A History of the Eastern Roman Empire from the Fall of Irene to the Accession of Basil I. (A. D. 802-867)
6.  A History of the Eastern Roman Empire from the Fall of Irene to the Accession of Basil I. (A. D. 802-867) by John Bagnell Bury
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  "Covers Nicephorus I to Basil I (AD 802-867). I haven't read this one, but it seems to cover a much shorter period than Bury's previous works. I'm rather curious as to why."
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The Later Roman Empire, 284-602: A Social, Economic, and Administrative Survey. 2 Vol. Set (Volume 1 and 2)
7.  The Later Roman Empire, 284-602: A Social, Economic, and Administrative Survey. 2 Vol. Set (Volume 1 and 2) by A. H. M. Jones
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  "The penultimate book in modern studies of Late Roman history. This was written in the early '60s and has yet to be surpassed. Most of the scholarship in here is still relevant."
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Climax of Rome
8.  Climax of Rome by Michael Grant
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  "A look at a series of topics during the third century crisis."
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The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine
9.  The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine by Pat Southern
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  "A basic narrative history of the third century crisis. Very well written."
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The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180-395 (The Routledge History of the Ancient World)
10.  The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180-395 (The Routledge History of the Ancient World) by D. S. Potter
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  "An excellent survey of the 3rd Century Crisis and the 4th Century recovery. Cuts off just before the decline resumes full speed."
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A History of the Later Roman Empire, AD 284-641: The Transformation of the Ancient World
11.  A History of the Later Roman Empire, AD 284-641: The Transformation of the Ancient World by Stephen Mitchell
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  "I'm not overly fond of this one. Mitchell's primarily a Hellenist, so I'm not sure why they selected him to write this book."
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How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower
12.  How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower by Adrian Keith Goldsworthy
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  "This is basically one long argument for the idea that a string of civil wars was what brought the empire down. It argues this through a narrative history of the period from Severus to Romulus Augustulus. Goldsworthy is primary a Republican classicist so this is somewhat out of his area of expertise."
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The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians
13.  The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather
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  "This book is about the question of how Rome fell. It is a basic narrative of the fifth century told with a view to arguing that it was the string of barbarian invasions compelled by the Hunnic advance that led to the collapse of Rome."
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The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization
14.  The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins
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  "Ward-Perkin's book is less concerned with why Rome fell than in proving that it did. He argues that the fall of the western empire had severe consequences for the average inhabitants of the empire and did indeed represent a significant decline."
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The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150-750 (Library of World Civilization)
15.  The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150-750 (Library of World Civilization) by Peter Robert Lamont Brown
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Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World (Harvard University Press Reference Library)
16.  Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World (Harvard University Press Reference Library) by Peter Robert Lamont Brown
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The Rise of Christianity
17.  The Rise of Christianity by W. H. C. Frend
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  "An excellent survey of Christianity from its beginnings to the 5th Century."
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The Late Roman Army
18.  The Late Roman Army by Pat Southern
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  "A guide to the changes in the army of the 3rd through 4th Centuries."
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Rome's Gothic Wars: From the Third Century to Alaric (Key Conflicts of Classical Antiquity)
19.  Rome's Gothic Wars: From the Third Century to Alaric (Key Conflicts of Classical Antiquity) by Michael Kulikowski
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  "A look at Rome's Gothic wars, with more of a focus on Alaric and the sack of Rome. A good read, but it needed to be longer and include more. Alaric wasn't the end of the Goths but the beginning. From his time on they were major players in the running of the Empire."
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Byzantium (I): The Early Centuries
20.  Byzantium (I): The Early Centuries by John Julius Norwich
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  "Covers Constantine through Irene (AD 330-802). A basic narrative history of the Byzantine Empire focusing on the imperial figure. Not particularly deep, but very well written. He ends the first section with the acclamation of Charlemagne. Not sure the Byzantines would have cared about that, but it makes sense in the west."
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Byzantium: The Apogee
21.  Byzantium: The Apogee by John Julius Norwich
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  "Covers Constantine VI through Michael Doukas (AD 802-1078). This continues Norwich's Byzantium trilogy. It starts with the recovery of Byzantine territory from the Muslims and Bulgars and ends with the defeat at Manzikert and the failure to recover."
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Byzantium: The Decline and Fall
22.  Byzantium: The Decline and Fall by John Julius Norwich
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  "Covers Alexios Comnenus through Constantine Palaiologos (AD 1078-1453). Deals with the reforms of the Comneni and the eventual sacking of the city as well as their temporary recovery and final conquest by the Turks."
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The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000 (Penguin History of Europe (Viking))
23.  The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000 (Penguin History of Europe (Viking)) by Chris Wickham
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  "This book is about what comes after Rome, but it always emphasizes how much the Dark Age civilizations owed to Rome."
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Septimius Severus: The African Emperor
24.  Septimius Severus: The African Emperor by Anthony Richard Birley
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  "The emperor at the beginning of the change. Severus is generally seen as either the last of the old style emperors or, more often, the first of the new. He increased the power of the army, but it really took the 3rd Century to change Rome into something different."
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Aurelian and the Third Century (Roman Imperial Biographies)
25.  Aurelian and the Third Century (Roman Imperial Biographies) by Alaric Watson
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  "This book is as  much about the third century crisis as it is about Aurelian. Which is good, because Aurelian isn't covered that well in our sources."
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Diocletian and the Roman Recovery
26.  Diocletian and the Roman Recovery by Stephen Williams
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  "This book explores the changes that Diocletian made to the empire. It does a very good job of laying out the tetrarchic system. A companion book on Cosntantine would be nice, but there isn't really one since book that sums up everything about that man."
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The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World
27.  The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World by Adrian Murdoch
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  "A very good read. Julian was unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but he tried to change Rome back towards the way it was in the 2nd Century."
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Failure of Empire: Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D.
28.  Failure of Empire: Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D. by Noel Emmanuel Lenski
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  "An analysis of the reason for the failure of Valens and the battle of Adrianople."
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Justinian and Theodora
29.  Justinian and Theodora by Robert Browning
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  "A well-illustrated book on the reign of Justinian."
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