Description - History and Geography in Late Antiquity by A. H. Merrills
The period from the fifth century to the eighth century witnessed massive political, social and religious change in Europe. Geographical and historical thought, long rooted to Roman ideologies, had to adopt the new perspectives of late antiquity. In the light of expanding Christianity and the evolution of successor kingdoms in the West, new historical discourses emerged which were seminal in the development of medieval historiography. Taking their lead from Orosius in the early fifth century, Latin historians turned increasingly to geographical description, as well as historical narrative, to examine the world around them. This book explores the interdependence of geographical and historical modes of expression in four of the most important writers of the period: Orosius, Jordanes, Isidore of Seville and the Venerable Bede. It offers important new readings of each by arguing that the long geographical passages with which they were introduced were central to their authors' historical assumptions and arguments.
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Author Biography - A. H. Merrills
A. H. Merrills is Solmsen Research Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has undertaken extensive archaeological work in France and Central Spain and is the editor of Vandals, Romans and Berbers: New Perspectives on Late Antique North Africa (Ashgate, 2004).