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Social Dynamics in the Northwest Frontiers of the Late Roman Empire

Beyond Transformation or Decline

Nico Roymans Stijn Heeren Wim de Clercq Peter Heather Raymond Brulet Fraser Hunter Kenneth Painter Vince Thienen Alain Vanderhoeven Simon Esmonde Cleary

230 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This volume explores the final phase of the West Roman Empire, particularly the changing interactions between the imperial authority and external 'barbarian' groups in the northwest frontiers of the empire during the fourth and fifth centuries. The contributions present valuable overviews of recent archaeological research combined with innovative theoretical discussions. Key topics include the movement of precious metals, trajectories of imperial power, the archaeology of migration, and material culture in relation to debates about ethnicity.
Author Bio
Nico Roymans is professor of West European archaeology at the VU University in Amsterdam. Stijn Heeren is assistant professor of Roman and early medieval archaeology at the VU University of Amsterdam. Wim De Clercq is professor of Roman and medieval archaeology at Ghent University.