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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book Crises and the Roman Empire: Proceedings of the Seventh Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Nijmegen, June 20-24, 2006)and its chapters. Every empire encounters crises. The Roman Empire was no exception to this rule. In fact, one could argue that crises were instrumental for the creation of the empire and for the various changes in structure it underwent over the ages. The book incorporates contributions dealing with several of the areas in which many sided problems have often been presumed, and indeed articles which discuss the changes in lifestyles and social structures that result from the various 'crises' which the empire had to deal with. The authors therefore feel that it is a wholly fitting tribute for Lukas de Blois on the occasion of his retirement as chairman of the international network Impact of Empire.

Keywords: international network impact; Lukas de Blois; Roman Empire; seventh workshop



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