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T. P. Wiseman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263235

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263235.001.0001

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The ‘long’ late antiquity: a late twentieth-century model

The ‘long’ late antiquity: a late twentieth-century model

(p.164) (p.165) 7 The ‘long’ late antiquity: a late twentieth-century model
Classics in Progress

Averil Cameron

British Academy

The last generation has seen an ‘explosion’ in the study of late antiquity. Whether people call it ‘the later Roman empire’ or ‘late antiquity’, the term now in much more common use in English. Handbooks are rapidly appearing to help their teachers meet this demand and they too express the current understanding of what is to be included. This chapter argues that a particular model for the study of this period has come to have a strong influence on students and scholars alike, and it asks how and why this is so, and what implications there are for the future study of the subject. Andrea Giardina has called this a particularly Anglo-centric phenomenon.

Keywords:   late antiquity, Roman empire, Constantinople, Andrea Giardina, Christian empire

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