By Giusto Traina,Averil Cameron

This is a sweeping journey of the Mediterranean international from the Atlantic to Persia over the past half-century of the Roman Empire. by way of concentrating on a unmarried yr no longer overshadowed by means of an epochal occasion, 428 AD presents a very clean examine a civilization in the middle of huge, immense change--as Christianity takes carry in rural parts around the empire, as western Roman provinces fall clear of these within the Byzantine east, and as energy shifts from Rome to Constantinople. Taking readers on a trip throughout the quarter, Giusto Traina describes the empires' humans, locations, and occasions in all their simultaneous richness and diversity. the result's an unique picture of a fraying Roman global at the fringe of the medieval period. the result's an unique image of a fraying Roman international at the fringe of the medieval era.

Readers meet many very important figures, together with the Roman normal Flavius Dionysius as he encounters a delegation from Persia after the Sassanids annex Armenia; the Christian ascetic Simeon Stylites as he stands and preaches atop his column close to Antioch; the japanese Roman emperor Theodosius II as he prepares to fee his criminal code; and Genseric as he's elected king of the Vandals and starts to show his humans right into a bold energy. we're additionally brought to Pulcheria, the robust sister of Theodosius, and Galla Placidia, the queen mom of the western empire, in addition to Augustine, Pope Celestine I, and nine-year-old Roman emperor Valentinian III.

packed with telling info, 428 AD illustrates the asymmetric march of background. because the west unravels, the east is still intact. As Christianity spreads, pagan rules and faculties persist. And, regardless of the presence of the forces that might ultimately tear the classical international aside, Rome is still on the heart, exerting a robust unifying strength over disparate peoples stretched around the Mediterranean.

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