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date: 29 February 2020

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The later Roman Empire is often perceived as simply one part of a wider cultural and geographical milieu. Much attention has been focused on either Rome's immediate geographical neighbors--barbarians in the North and West, the peoples of the Caucasus region, the Parthian or Sasanian realm to the East, the steppes to the North, stretching away across to China, or the Arabian peninsula and the Red Sea and Gulf territories, with their mercantile and political associations with east Africa or with the Indian Ocean and beyond. Rarely is the Roman state placed within a wider world of political systems. This article demonstrates how looking at the Roman state from such a comparative perspective provides insights into the dynamics of Roman state power.

Keywords: Roman state, Late Antiquity, late antique period, state power, political-culture forms

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