New Rome (Hardback)

The Roman Empire in the East, AD 395 - 700

Paul Stephenson

Three hundred action-packed years of Roman history, encompassing the fall of Rome and the rise of a new empire in the East

Long before Rome fell to the Ostrogoths in AD 476, a new city had risen to take its place as the beating heart of a late antique empire, the glittering Constantinople: New Rome.

In this magisterial work, Professor Paul Stephenson charts the centuries surrounding this epic shift of power. He traces the cultural, social and political forces that led to the empire being ruled from a city straddling Europe and Asia, placing all into a rich natural and environmental context informed by the latest scientific research.

Blending narrative with analysis, he shows how the city and empire of New Rome survived countless attacks and the rise of Islam. By the end, the wide world of linked cities had changed into a world founded on new ideas about government and God, art and war, and the very future of a Christian empire: Byzantium.

Publication date: 06/01/2022

£30.00

ISBN: 9781781250075

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

New Rome (Ebook)

The Roman Empire in the East, AD 395 - 700

Paul Stephenson

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Three hundred action-packed years of Roman history, encompassing the fall of Rome and the rise of a new empire in the East

Long before Rome fell to the Ostrogoths in AD 476, a new city had risen to take its place as the beating heart of a late antique empire, the glittering Constantinople: New Rome.

In this magisterial work, Professor Paul Stephenson charts the centuries surrounding this epic shift of power. He traces the cultural, social and political forces that led to the empire being ruled from a city straddling Europe and Asia, placing all into a rich natural and environmental context informed by the latest scientific research.

Blending narrative with analysis, he shows how the city and empire of New Rome survived countless attacks and the rise of Islam. By the end, the wide world of linked cities had changed into a world founded on new ideas about government and God, art and war, and the very future of a Christian empire: Byzantium.

Publication date: 06/01/2022

£15.99

ISBN: 9781847658449

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B092FQ2TWS

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Reviews for New Rome

'Conventional histories of the last days of the Roman Empire will no longer suffice after you read this book.'

Averil Cameron, author of 'Byzantine Matters' 

'The most compelling fusion yet of narrative history with the recent findings of environmental research and scientific data.'

Anthony Kaldellis, author of 'Romanland' 

'Stephenson's gift for narrative is matched by an eye for arresting images and quirky anecdotes that will surprise and delight even jaded readers.'

Michael Kulikowski, author of Imperial Tragedy 

'Casts brilliant shafts of light on the material conditions and spiritual quests of the ruling and the ruled ... masterly'

Jonathan Shepard, editor of The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire 

Paul Stephenson

Paul Stephenson

Paul Stephenson has held teaching and research posts at universities, museums and institutes around the world, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Princeton University. He has held chairs at the Universities of Wisconsin, Nijmegen and Durham. He is author or editor of ten books, including Constantine: Unconquered Emperor, Christian Victor.