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The Sons of Constantine, AD 337-361

In the Shadows of Constantine and Julian

  • Nicholas Baker-Brian
  • Shaun Tougher

Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Creating a Dynasty

  3. Representations of Authority

  4. Administration and Governance

  5. Religion and Culture

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 415-466

About this book


This edited collection focuses on the Roman empire during the period from AD 337 to 361. During this period the empire was ruled by three brothers: Constantine II (337-340), Constans I (337-350) and Constantius II (337-361). These emperors tend to be cast into shadow by their famous father Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor (306-337), and their famous cousin Julian, the last pagan Roman emperor (361-363). The traditional concentration on the historically renowned figures of Constantine and Julian is understandable but comes at a significant price: the neglect of the period between the death of Constantine and the reign of Julian and of the rulers who governed the empire in this period. The reigns of the sons of Constantine, especially that of the longest-lived Constantius II, mark a moment of great historical significance. As the heirs of Constantine they became the guardians of his legacy, and they oversaw the nature of the world in which Julian was to grow up. The thirteen contributors to this volume assess their influence on imperial, administrative, cultural, and religious facets of the empire in the fourth century. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas Baker-Brian
    • 1
  • Shaun Tougher
    • 2
  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK
  2. 2.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

About the editors

Nicholas J. Baker-Brian is Reader in Ancient Religions in Ancient Religions at Cardiff University, UK.

Shaun Tougher is Professor of Late Roman and Byzantine History at Cardiff University, UK. He is one of the series editors of New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture, and has a handbook forthcoming with us on Byzantium and Gender.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Sons of Constantine, AD 337-361
  • Book Subtitle In the Shadows of Constantine and Julian
  • Editors Nicholas Baker-Brian
    Shaun Tougher
  • Series Title New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-39897-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-39900-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-39898-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 466
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Medieval Europe
    Cultural History
    Social History
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