Crises and the Roman Empire (Impact of Empire) by Hekster, O. (ed.), Kleijn, G. de (ed.), Slootjes, D. (ed.),

By Hekster, O. (ed.), Kleijn, G. de (ed.), Slootjes, D. (ed.), Olivier Hekster, Gerda De Kleijn, Danielle Slootjes

This quantity provides the court cases of the 7th workshop of the overseas thematic community effect of Empire, which concentrates at the historical past of the Roman Empire. It makes a speciality of the impression that crises had at the improvement and functioning of the Roman Empire from the Republic to overdue Imperial occasions.

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Die neue Erfahrung mit dem Feind beschränkte sich aber nicht auf Italien und seine Bewohner. Für den Sieg über die zurückkehrenden Germanen in Rätien genügten offenbar nicht die regulären Truppen der transalpinen Provinz, vielmehr wurden, neben Einheiten aus Obergermanien, auch populares aus Rätien selbst aufgeboten. Bewaffnete Provinzbewohner in größerer Zahl hatte man bisher als innere Gefahr angesehen,19 jetzt mußte man notgedrungen Teile der Bevölkerung bewaffnen, um überhaupt zu einem militärischen Erfolg zu kommen.

8 6 Strobel’s problem is, “ob das ‘3. ” Strobel 1993, op. cit. (n. 5), 32. 7 “Aber selbst im Vergleich mit dem mittelalterlichen und dem neuzeitlichen Europa haben wir in der betrachteten Periode ein bemerkenswert stabiles System vor uns”, Strobel 1993, op. cit. (n. 5), 347. 8 Strobel 1993, op. cit. (n. 5), 346–347. 14 wolf liebeschuetz In 1999, Christian Witschel produced a social and economic survey of the condition of the Roman world in the third century, synthesising not only literary but also archaeological evidence.

Von Reden, The Ancient Economy (Edinburgh 2002), 190–230, at 191–92. 30 See the article of J. Drinkwater in this volume. 27 20 wolf liebeschuetz have to be a model of the structure of the empire. It would not be a ‘crisis model’. To assert that there was a crisis, or a succession of crises, in the third century is in the Àrst place an act of description. How far the blood and tears of a ‘crisis’ can work as a discrete cause remains an open question. 31 But does that mean that it forced the development of Europe in a direction it would not otherwise have taken?

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