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By Timothy E. Gregory

ISBN-10: 140518471X

ISBN-13: 9781405184717

This revised and accelerated version of the widely-praised A background of Byzantium covers the time of Constantine the good in advert 306 to the autumn of Constantinople in 1453. * Expands therapy of the center and later Byzantine classes, incorporating new archaeological facts* contains extra maps and images, and a newly annotated, up to date bibliography* encompasses a new part on net assets for Byzantium stories* Demonstrates that Byzantium used to be vital in its personal correct but additionally served as a bridge among East and West and historic and smooth society* Situates Byzantium in its broader ancient context with a brand new comparative timeline and textboxes

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Philip also sought to promote the interests of his family, and he had his young son crowned first as Caesar and then as Augustus. He was able to wage successful campaigns against the Carpi across the Danube and in 248 he presided over the celebration of the thousandth anniversary of the founding of Rome. He proclaimed the beginning of a new saeculum (a new millennium or a new era), and some observers might have felt optimism about the future. THE CRISIS OF THE THIRD CENTURY 25 Nevertheless, there was considerable dissatisfaction among various parts of the army, and revolts broke out in the Danube regions and in the East.

The city was henceforth deserted. Aurelian was then able to turn his attention to the Gallic Empire. The usurper Postumus had died in 268. He was succeeded by Victorinus and then by Tetricus. In 274 Aurelian marched to Gaul and defeated Tetricus’ army after the would-be emperor had already surrendered. Aurelian returned to Rome to be honored by one of the greatest triumphal processions the Roman world had ever known: the captives included Zenobia (bound in golden chains) and both Tetricus and his son.

Not surprisingly, no one was willing to rush in to fill their role on the local city council. THE CRISIS OF THE THIRD CENTURY 31 Philosophy and Religion in the Third Century The third century witnessed important changes and developments in intellectual and religious life. These included serious persecution of the Christians as well as the growth of Neoplatonism and Gnosticism, movements that had a philosophical base but were essentially much more religious in character. NEOPLATONISM Neoplatonism, as its name suggests, was based loosely on the teachings of Plato, but we should remember that “Neoplatonism” is a modern term that is in some ways misleading.

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