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Running the empire: Bureaucrats, curials, and senators

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A.H.M. Jones? account of central and local governmental institutions, of their interaction, and of the men who ran them is to be found scattered across three and a half chapters of the Later Roman Empire?XII, XV, XVI, and part of XIX . This chapter discusses Jones? collected thoughts on bureaucrats, curials, and senators. Jones documents with total clarity the fundamental change in the nature of the senatorial order in the late imperial period. Jones completely overturned Rostovtzeff ?s account of the third-century crisis as the revolutionary triumph of the peasant masses over a civilised, urban bourgeoisie. One might view the tying in of local landowners of the eastern Mediterranean to the imperial bureaucracy and new Senate of Constantinople in the fourth century as representing a much improved level of integration: one of overall benefit, in other words, to the internal workings of the Empire.

Keywords: A .H .M. Jones; curial class; eastern Mediterranean; imperial bureaucracy; Later Roman Empire; Rostovtzeff; Senate of Constantinople; third-century crisis



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