New Release Books by Averil Cameron

Averil Cameron is the author of Byzantine Matters (2019), Byzantine Christianity (2017), The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity (2015), Markion Und Der Biblische Kanon / Christian Literature and Christian History (2016) and other 60 books.

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Byzantine Matters

release date: Sep 24, 2019
Byzantine Matters
A renowned historian addresses misconceptions about Byzantium, suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilization into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods.

Byzantine Christianity

release date: Oct 19, 2017
Byzantine Christianity
‘. . . I have sailed the seas and come To the holy city of Byzantium.’ W. B. Yeats From the foundation of Constantinople in 330 to its fall in 1453, this brief history explores the key components of Byzantine Christianity, including the development of monasticism, icons and iconoclasm, the role of the emperor in relation to church councils and beliefs, the difficult relationship with the papacy and the impact of the Crusades. The book also considers Byzantine Christianity as a living force today: the variety and vitality of Orthodox churches, the role of the Church in Russia and the enduring relevance of a spirituality derived from the church fathers. ‘Averil Cameron’s work has transformed our understanding of Byzantium, and here she offers an authoritative survey of its history and legacy . . . This is a lucid, informative and impressively wide-ranging brief history.’ Gillian Clark FBA, Emeritus Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Bristol

The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity

release date: Apr 29, 2015
The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity
This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, now covering the period 395-700 AD, provides both a detailed introduction to late antiquity and a direct challenge to conventional views of the end of the Roman empire. Leading scholar Averil Cameron focuses on the changes and continuities in Mediterranean society as a whole before the Arab conquests. Two new chapters survey the situation in the east after the death of Justinian and cover the Byzantine wars with Persia, religious developments in the eastern Mediterranean during the life of Muhammad, the reign of Heraclius, the Arab conquests and the establishment of the Umayyad caliphate. Using the latest in-depth archaeological evidence, this all-round historical and thematic study of the west and the eastern empire has become the standard work on the period. The new edition takes account of recent research on topics such as the barbarian ‘invasions’, periodization, and questions of decline or continuity, as well as the current interest in church councils, orthodoxy and heresy and the separation of the miaphysite church in the sixth-century east. It contains a new introductory survey of recent scholarship on the fourth century AD, and has a full bibliography and extensive notes with suggestions for further reading. The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity 395-700 AD continues to be the benchmark for publications on the history of Late Antiquity and is indispensible to anyone studying the period.

Markion Und Der Biblische Kanon / Christian Literature and Christian History

release date: Oct 10, 2016
Markion Und Der Biblische Kanon / Christian Literature and Christian History
This publication asks whether the works of early Christian and patristic authors constitute 'literature', and how historians of the early church and of late antiquity should use this enormous body of writing. Can it be judged on literary terms, and if so, how? Or is it simply an adjunct to the study of early Christianity?

The Later Roman Empire (Text Only)

release date: Mar 07, 2013
The Later Roman Empire (Text Only)
A comprehensive study - recently updated for the eBook edition - which introduces the reader to the vigour and variety of the fourth century AD.

The Byzantines

release date: Nov 09, 2009
The Byzantines
Winner of the 2006 John D. Criticos Prize This book introduces the reader to the complex history, ethnicity, and identity of the Byzantines. This volume brings Byzantium – often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world – to the forefront of European history Deconstructs stereotypes surrounding Byzantium Beautifully illustrated with photographs and maps

Procopius and the Sixth Century

release date: Feb 01, 2006
Procopius and the Sixth Century
Originally published by Duckworth and the University of California Press, Procopius is now available for the first time in paperback. Professor Cameron emphasises the essential unity of Procopius' three works and, starting from the `minor' ones, demonstrates their intimate connection with the Wars. Procopius' writings are seen to comprise a subtle whole; only if they are understood in this way can their historical value be properly appreciated. The result is a new evaluation of Procopius which will be central to any future history of the sixth century.

Dialoguing in Late Antiquity

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Dialoguing in Late Antiquity
Averil Cameron refutes an argument by some scholars that Christians did not dialogue after a wall of silence came down in the fifth century AD. Cameron shows that in late antiquity and throughout Byzantium Christians debated and wrote philosophical, literary, and theological dialogues, and she makes a case for their centrality in Greek literature.

The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, AD 395-600

release date: Jan 01, 1993
The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, AD 395-600
The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity provides both a detailed introduction to late antiquity, and a direct challenge to the conventional views of the end of the empire. A world expert on the subject, Averil Cameron focuses on the changes and continuities in Mediterranean society as a whole before the Arab conquests of the seventh century. With modern, in-depth archaeological evidence, this all-round factual, historical and thematic study of the west and eastern empires will become the standard work on the period. With suggested specialized reading, it should already be an essential item on the reading lists of classical studies and archaeology students.

The Later Roman Empire, AD 284-430

The Later Roman Empire, AD 284-430
Marked by a power shift from Rome to Constantinople and the Christianization of the Empire, this era requires a narrative and interpretative history of its own. Cameron, an authority on later Roman and early Byzantine history and culture, captures the pivotal fourth century, doing justice to the enormous explosion of recent scholarship.

Life of Constantine

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Life of Constantine
The emperor Constantine changed the world by making the Roman Empire Christian. Eusebius wrote his life and preserved his letters so that his policy would continue. This English translation is the first based on modern critical editions. Its Introduction and Commentary open up the many important issues the Life of Constantine raises.

Morfologie sociali e culturali in Europa fra tarda antichità e alto Medioevo

Changing Cultures in Early Byzantium

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Changing Cultures in Early Byzantium
In these essays the author's aim has been to build a framework for understanding the many changes that took place in the societies of the Eastern Mediterranean in the period either side of the Arab conquests. In Constantinople itself, in North Africa, and in the eastern provinces, the culture of late antiquity continued to flourish and develop; Hellenism remained a vital factor in Syria, Palestine and Egypt, while the Byzantine reconquest of the 6th century brought Greek and eastern influences to North Africa. Several papers show also how these developments continued in the 7th century, and how the ideas then established in the East provide the context for later Byzantine iconoclasm.

The Use & Abuse of Byzantium

release date: Jan 01, 1992

The Later Roman Empire, A.D. 284-430

release date: Jan 01, 1993
The Later Roman Empire, A.D. 284-430
A comprehensive study which introduces the reader to the vigour and variety of the fourth century AD. After being beset by invasion, civil war and internal difficulties for a century, the Roman Empire that Diocletian inherited in AD 284 desperately needed the organizational drive he brought to the task of putting its administration and defences on a newly secure footing. His successor, Constantine, sustained this consolidation of imperial strength by adopting a vibrant new religion, Christianity. The fourth century AD was a decisive period; its many new challenges and wide cultural diversity are reflected in the pages of its chief historian, Ammianus Marcellinus, and represented by figures as different as Julian the Apostate and St Augustine. Not only providing a vivid narrative of events, this book also draws on archaeological and artistic evidence to illuminate such central issues as economy, social structure, defence, religion and culture. 'The Later Roman Empire' is indispensable to students, and a compelling guide for anyone interested in the cultural development of late antiquity, or in the structure, evolution and fate of empires more generally.

Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire

release date: Jul 23, 1991
Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire
Many reasons can be given for the rise of Christianity in late antiquity and its flourishing in the medieval world. In asking how Christianity succeeded in becoming the dominant ideology in the unpromising circumstances of the Roman Empire, Averil Cameron turns to the development of Christian discourse over the first to sixth centuries A.D., investigating the discourse's essential characteristics, its effects on existing forms of communication, and its eventual preeminence. Scholars of late antiquity and general readers interested in this crucial historical period will be intrigued by her exploration of these influential changes in modes of communication. The emphasis that Christians placed on language—writing, talking, and preaching—made possible the formation of a powerful and indeed a totalizing discourse, argues the author. Christian discourse was sufficiently flexible to be used as a public and political instrument, yet at the same time to be used to express private feelings and emotion. Embracing the two opposing poles of logic and mystery, it contributed powerfully to the gradual acceptance of Christianity and the faith's transformation from the enthusiasm of a small sect to an institutionalized world religion.

Images of Women in Antiquity

release date: Jan 01, 1983

Continuity and Change in Sixth-century Byzantium

Early Christianity and the Discourse of Female Desire

release date: Jan 01, 1994

The Perception of Crisis

release date: Jan 01, 1998
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