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By Alaric Watson

Aurelian and the 3rd Century presents a second look, within the mild of modern scholarship, of the problems dealing with the Roman empire within the advert 260s and 270s, concentrating upon the reign of the Emperor Aurelian and his half in summoning them.

With creation studying the location within the mid 3rd century, the booklet is split into parts:

* half 1: bargains chronologically with the army and political occasions of the interval from 268 to 276

* half 2: analyzes the opposite achievements and occasions of Aurelian's reign and assesses their importance.

A key complement to the research of the Roman Empire.

'W. merits admiration for having squeezed a lot fascinating fabric so accessibly
into so little space.' - magazine of Roman Studies

Alaric Watson has a PhD from King's collage London in Roman historical past and has taught Roman heritage on the college of North London and Queen Mary and Westfield collage. he's now a Barrister in Lincoln's resort.

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46 This certainly diminished the attraction of marching on Rome. Fully occupied with the defence of the Rhine, Postumus discovered that he could manage without the incremental legitimation of senatorial recognition. His tenure of power underlines how little that formal recognition mattered in the face of the harsh realities of the mid-third century.

SOCIO-POLITICAL AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS The shifting sense of Romanity From the late second century onwards the centre of power in the empire became increasingly itinerant, following the emperor as he spent ever more time in the frontier regions. 19 With the emperor’s presence demanded in the Balkans and the east, the strategic centre of the empire shifted gradually eastwards. His presence on campaign often necessitated the elevation of his provincial headquarters into de facto regional ‘capitals’: power bases in the frontier zones, often associated with regional branches of the imperial mint.

While the long, forced marches and problems of maintaining supplies inevitably created a logistical nightmare, the necessity of campaigning on several fronts at once contributed significantly to the empire’s military expenditure. The cost of feeding and equipping the armies was further exacerbated by the increasing size of the armed forces and the rise in the price of transport costs. The Roman empire excelled all other pre-modern states in coping with the demands of logistics, but the constant rapid response needed to answer one emergency after another the length and breadth of the empire placed the expenditure on a wholly new footing.

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