The city was the nexus of the Roman Empire in its early centuries. The City in Late Antiquity charts the change undergone by cities as the Empire was weakened by the third-century crisis, and later disintegrated under external pressures. The old picture of the classical city as everywhere in decline by the fourth century is shown to be far too simple, and John Rich seeks to explain why urban life disappeared in some regions, while elsewhere cities survived through to the Middle Ages and beyond.
Table of ContentsCONTENTS 1. The End of The Ancient City -Wolfgang Liebeschuetz; 2. The Survival and Fall of the Classical City in Late Roman Africa - Claude Lepelley; 3. Christianity and the City in Late Roman Gaul - Jill Harries; 4. The Use and Abuse of Urbanism in the Danubian Provinces During the Later Roman Empire - Andrew Poulter; 5. The End of The city in Roman Britain - Richard Reece; 6. 'The Cities are Not Populated as Once they Were' - Philip Dixon; 7. Public Buildings and Urban Change in Northern Italy in the Early Medieval Period - Christina la Rocca; 8. Antioch: From Byzantium to Islam and back again - Hugh Kennedy