The theme of the book is the historiographical debate on Late Antiquity and its periodization. There has definitely been a turn from Gibbon's categories of decline and fall to an emphasis on continuity and transformation in the study of the last centuries of the Roman Empire. The book is built on papers given at the 22nd International Congress of Historical science in Jinan, China in 2011, on the topic of “Late Antiquity in Contemporary Debate.” Rita Lizzi Testa, Professor of Roman History at the University of Perugia, and an author of numerous books and articles, is the editor. In her introduction she offers a rich and interesting survey of the...

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