The Falls of Rome

Crises, Resilience, and Resurgence in Late Antiquity

The Falls of Rome
Michele Renee Salzman
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Over the course of the fourth through seventh centuries, Rome witnessed a succession of five significant political and military crises, including the Sack of Rome, the Vandal occupation, and the demise of the Senate. Historians have traditionally considered these crises as defining events, and thus critical to our understanding of the ' decline and fall of Rome. ' In this volume, Michele Renee Salzman offers a fresh interpretation of the tumultuous events that occurred in Rome during Late Antiquity. Focusing on the resilience of successive generations of Roman men and women and their ability to reconstitute their city and society, Salzman demonstrates the central role that senatorial aristocracy played, and the limited influence of the papacy during this period. Her provocative study provides a new explanation for the longevity of Rome and its ability, not merely to survive, but even to thrive over the last three centuries of the Western Roman Empire.
Michele Renee Salzman is Professor and Chair in the department of history at the University of California, Riverside. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Rome, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Jerusalem, she is the author of On Roman Time: The Codex Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity and The Making of a Christian Aristocracy and General Editor of The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World. She has also published The Letters of Symmachus. Book 1. Introduction, text and commentary. Translation with Michael Roberts, and co-edited two books, Pagans and Christians in Late Antique Rome: Conflict, Competition and Coexistence in the Fourth Century, with M. Saghy and R. Lizzi Testa, and Violence in Late Antiquity: Perceptions and Practices, with E. Albu, H. Drake, M. Maas, and C. Rapp.