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The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine Hardcover – October 19, 2001
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The book begins (unsurprisingly) with Septimius Severus. All books dealing with this time do so, which is somewhat odd since the empire didn't change so much during his reign as after it. His main contribution was to tie the military more securely to the seat of power, thus limiting the role of senators. His successors had to deal with the increasing instability of the position of the emperor and with the ever increasing frequency of assassination. After the Severans fell, the empire passed back and forth between various generals who raised themselves to the throne only to fall within a few short years. This is what's known as the crisis of the third-century.
Towards the middle of the Third-Century Crisis the book becomes little more than a list of emperors being raised and defeated. This is the same with every book dealing with this time. Nothing can be done about it since these fluctuations are important and yet very little is known about them except for the names and a brief synopsis of their careers. This book does manage a decent summary, helped out by the inclusion of pictures for most of the emperors.Read more ›
Apart from this, Pat Southern's book, although published in 2001 and no longer entirely up to date - an new edition including an updated bibliography might be a good idea, by the way, especially, although not only, for students of the period - is a very good overview in many respects, and sometimes even an excellent one.
An interesting feature is that it is carefully balanced. The narrative is mostly chronological but nevertheless entertaining. The author takes the trouble to lay out systematically the numerous areas of contention between historians on various issues. She also discusses these issues and the problems related to the sources while managing to avoid being boring and she also presents the most likely causes and sequences of events, in her opinion. At times, it almost feels like a textbook for university students.
Even the book's title is quite deliberate.Read more ›