Failure of Empire (Paperback)
Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D. (Transformation of the Classical Heritage #34)
University of California Press, 9780520283893, 470pp.
Publication Date: June 26, 2014
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In lively style and rich detail, Lenski incorporates a broad range of new material, from archaeology to Gothic and Armenian sources, in a study that illuminates the social, cultural, religious, economic, administrative, and military complexities of Valens's realm. Failure of Empire offers a nuanced reconsideration of Valens the man and shows both how he applied his strengths to meet the expectations of his world and how he ultimately failed in his efforts to match limited capacities to limitless demands.