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Was there a crisis of the third century?

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Generations of historians have described the long series of troubles experienced by the Roman Empire in the third century as the crisis of the Empire, and have felt no doubt whatsoever that the word crisis was an appropriate description of what was happening to the Empire in that century. The word crisis implies that the dangerous pressure builds up to a climax, a decisive turning point. Difficulties of the empire in the third century built up to several climaxes, which were resolved in a succession of turning points. To argue that 'crisis' is the right word to describe the many emergencies of the third century, is not to propose the word as a 'model'. The word crisis covers far too wide a range of critical situations. If one wants to construct a model one has to be more specific.

Keywords: crisis; Roman Empire; third century



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