"Must Reads" for Late Roman History

A Listmania! list by Florentius (New Jersey, USA)
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The list author says: "If you're studying the late Roman period (from about AD 300 to AD 700), these books should all be on your reading list. I realize that it's certainly not exhaustive, but I'll be adding to it as time goes on."
The Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine: From AD 306 to 337 (Christian Roman Empire Series, vol. 8)
1.  The Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine: From AD 306 to 337 (Christian Roman Empire Series, vol. 8) by Eusebius
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  "Though gushing in its admiration for Constantine, this work is still the best source available for his reign. An absolute must read."
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The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine (Penguin Classics)
2.  The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine (Penguin Classics) by Eusebius
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  "The first true history of the Christian Church from the 4th century. A must read."
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The Ecclesiastical History of Evagrius (Christian Roman Empire)
3.  The Ecclesiastical History of Evagrius (Christian Roman Empire) by Scholasticus Evagrius
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  "Excellent source on the theological disputes of the 5th and 6th centuries, as well as the Justinianic plague and the various catastropies, invasions, and holy men of the late Roman Empire."
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History of the Byzantine Empire: Vol. 1, 324-1453
4.  History of the Byzantine Empire: Vol. 1, 324-1453 by Alexander Vasiliev
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  "Perhaps the best introduction to Late Roman/Byzantine history."
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History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (Volume 1)
5.  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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  "Classic, well-researched starting point for the study of the late Roman Empire covering from Constantine through the end of the 5th century."
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History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (Volume 2)
6.  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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  "Classic reference for the late Roman period mainly covering Justinian I's reign."
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The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World)
7.  The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World) by Michael Maas
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  "Good starting point for the serious student of the Justinianic era. It's an edited volume, so beware--some of the articles are better than others."
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The Gothic History of Jordanes (Christian Roman Empire series vol 2)
8.  The Gothic History of Jordanes (Christian Roman Empire series vol 2) by Jordanes
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  "Primary source written by a Gothic historian in the 6th century."
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Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 1, Books 1-2: The Persian War (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition)
9.  Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 1, Books 1-2: The Persian War (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition) by Procopius
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  "The best primary source on the recurring Persian wars of Justinian."
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Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 5, Books 7.36-8: Gothic War (Loeb Classical Library, No. 217) (English and Greek Edition)
10.  Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 5, Books 7.36-8: Gothic War (Loeb Classical Library, No. 217) (English and Greek Edition) by Procopius
The list author says:
  "There are three Loeb volumes on the Gothic Wars, and one on the Vandalic Wars, but the listings are confusing. They're all worth reading."
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The Life of Belisarius (Christian Roman Empire)
11.  The Life of Belisarius (Christian Roman Empire) by Earl Philip Henry Stanhope Stanhope
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  "An updated edition of Lord Mahon's classic biography of the greatest Roman general, Belisarius."
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Belisarius: The First Shall Be Last
12.  Belisarius: The First Shall Be Last by Paolo A. Belzoni
The list author says:
  "A well-researched new take on the early life of the great General. Written as historical fiction for young adults, but well-suited to adult readers as well. Captures the feel of Justinianic Constantinople and the Eastern Empire."
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Justinian and Theodora
13.  Justinian and Theodora by Robert Browning
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  "Perhaps the best popular history of the Justinianic period. Very accessible with tons of great pictures."
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Procopius: The Secret History (Penguin Classics)
14.  Procopius: The Secret History (Penguin Classics) by Procopius
The list author says:
  "The Byzantine scandal sheet. Gives a very skewed vision of Justinianic Byzantium and should only be read in companion with the other works of Procopius."
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The Histories (Corpus Fontium Historiae Byzantinae)
15.  The Histories (Corpus Fontium Historiae Byzantinae) by Agathias
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  "Agathias's brief but important history of the later years of Justinian's reign."
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The History of Theophylact Simocatta: An English Translation with Introduction (Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints)
16.  The History of Theophylact Simocatta: An English Translation with Introduction (Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints) by Theophylactus Simocatta
The list author says:
  "A well-researched and heavily footnoted translation of the valuable history of Theophylact. Key source for the reigns of Justin II, Tiberius II, and Maurice."
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The Book of the Popes (Liber Pontificalis) (Christian Roman Empire)
17.  The Book of the Popes (Liber Pontificalis) (Christian Roman Empire) by Louise Ropes Loomis
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  "Reprint of the 1916 translation. Heavily annotated with several manuscript translations represented in parallel. Covers up through AD 590."
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The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu: Translated from Zotenberg's Ethiopic Text (Christian Roman Empire)
18.  The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu: Translated from Zotenberg's Ethiopic Text (Christian Roman Empire) by R. H. Charles
The list author says:
  "Our only source for the Muslim conquest of Egypt. John of Nikiu is also valuable for the reigns of Maurice, Phocas, and Heraclius."
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The Dialogues of Saint Gregory the Great (Christian Roman Empire Series)
19.  The Dialogues of Saint Gregory the Great (Christian Roman Empire Series) by Pope Gregory I
The list author says:
  "The oft-depressing yet inspiring tale of late 6th century Italy after the eclipse of Roman power is told by Pope Saint Gregory the Great in this work."
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Chronicle of Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians)
20.  Chronicle of Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians) by the Stylite Joshua
The list author says:
  "Excellent short history of the little studied Romano-Persian war of AD 502-504 under the reign of Anastasius. Well referenced with an extensive commentary."
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City of God (Penguin Classics)
21.  City of God (Penguin Classics) by Marcus Dods
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  "St. Augustine's monumental theological reaction to the sack of Rome by Alaric."
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The Confessions of Saint Augustine
22.  The Confessions of Saint Augustine by Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
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  "The story of St. Augustine's journey toward Christianity is replete with fascinating details from life in the late Empire."
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The Life of Saint Augustine: A Translation of the Sancti Augustini Vita by Possidius, Bishop of Calama (Christian Roman Empire Series)
23.  The Life of Saint Augustine: A Translation of the Sancti Augustini Vita by Possidius, Bishop of Calama (Christian Roman Empire Series) by Saint Possidius
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  "Once you've read the Confessions, read this little book for the biography of Augustine's later life. Great info on the last days of Roman Africa before the Vandals."
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The Life of Saint Simeon Stylites: A Translation of the Syriac Text in Bedjan's Acta Martyrum Et Sanctorum (Christian Roman Empire Series)
24.  The Life of Saint Simeon Stylites: A Translation of the Syriac Text in Bedjan's Acta Martyrum Et Sanctorum (Christian Roman Empire Series) by Frederick Lent
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  "An ancient bio of the prototypical pillar saint of the Eastern Roman empire."
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Three Byzantine Saints: Contemporary Biographies of St. Daniel the Stylite, St. Theodore of Sykeon, and St. John the Almsgiver
25.  Three Byzantine Saints: Contemporary Biographies of St. Daniel the Stylite, St. Theodore of Sykeon, and St. John the Almsgiver by Elizabeth A. S. Dawes
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  "The lives of three Eastern saints--provides and excellent intro to Christian acetic practices in the 5th through 7th century AD."
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Maurice's Strategikon: Handbook of Byzantine Military Strategy (The Middle Ages Series)
26.  Maurice's Strategikon: Handbook of Byzantine Military Strategy (The Middle Ages Series) by Emperor of the East Maurice
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  "Must read for anyone hoping to comprehend late Roman military strategy."
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Circus Factions: Blues and Greens at Rome and Byzantium (Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints)
27.  Circus Factions: Blues and Greens at Rome and Byzantium (Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints) by Alan Cameron
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  "If you hope to understand who the infamous Blue and Green factions were and how they operated, this book is a must."
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John Lydus and the Roman Past: Antiquarianism and Politics in the Age of Justinian
28.  John Lydus and the Roman Past: Antiquarianism and Politics in the Age of Justinian by Michael Maas
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  "Scholarly volume on John the Lydian, a mid-level bureaucrat who served in the administration of Justinian and wrote several books on Roman antiquarianism."
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Chronicon Paschale 284-628 (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians)
29.  Chronicon Paschale 284-628 (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians) by Michael Whitby
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  "A fragmentary late-Roman source containing the most complete description of the Nika Rebellion of AD 532."
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The Chronicle of John Malalas (Byzantina Australiensia 4)
30.  The Chronicle of John Malalas (Byzantina Australiensia 4) by John Malalas
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  "An English translation of an important source. Terrible typesetting and hard to get hold of, but worth it if you can get it."
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