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The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire: Volume II, AD 395 - 527.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (...), 1980. 1st ed. 1355p. Original red cloth with dust wrps. Spine gilt titled. Series: Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire. ‘The publication of PLRE II marks an epoch in the study of the Later Empire. To make it possible a large team of scholars has read and excerpted authors. (…) J.R. Martingale has been the anchor-man. He composed the first draft of every entry in this monumental work, and was also responsible for their final form. His selfless devotion demands the highest recognition. PLRE II follows the pattern devised by A.H.M. Jones for volume I. An enormous mass of information is set out clearly, concisely, and accurately. The volume includes all office-holders, military and civilian, known from the geographical area of the Roman empire between A.D. 395 and 527. At the end there are lists of the holders of different offices, and stemmata of families. These tables, together with the fact that all office-holders of the period are included in the same book, make each volume of PLRE into a self-sufficient work of reference. (…) The editors have seen the major task of prosopography to be ‘the presentation of primary sources in convenient form’. (…) PLRE II is likely to prove even more valuable than PLRE I. it covers years of tremendous changeL in the West the collapse of the Empire and the establishment of barbarian kingdoms in its provinces, in the East the transformation of the ‘Diocletianic’ into the ‘Justinianic’ form of empire (…). PLRE II is particularly informative about changes in the structure of the governing class. For instance it illustrates the growing divergence between East and West. The prosopography confirms and refines the contrast, noted by A.H.M. Jones, between the aristocratic praetorian prefects of Italy and Gaul and the more professionally qualified prefects of ‘Oriens’. (…) Prosopography displays the effects of the division of the empire on the imperial army. The lists 9f ‘praepositi’ and ‘tribuni’, of ‘protectors’, and of ‘duces’ and ‘commits rei militaris’ show that the armies of the Eastern Empire (…) came to be officered by citizens of the Empire, or at least by men with Greek or Latin names. The contrast with the abundance of German names in the West could not be greater. (…) Ancient historians must be grateful to J.R. Martindale and his colleagues.’ (J.H.W.G. LIEBESCHUETZ in The Classical Review (New Series), 1981 (pp.256-58). From the library of the late Prof. Dr. Tony Reekmans.