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Mathisen, Ralph W. 1947-

Overview
Works: 67 works in 310 publications in 3 languages and 6,251 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Church history  Textbooks  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Translator
Classifications: DC62, 937
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ralph W Mathisen
Law, society, and authority in late antiquity by Ralph W Mathisen( )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sixteen papers in this volume investigate the links between law and society during Late Antiquity (260-640 CE). On the one hand, they consider how social changes such as the barbarian settlement and the rise of the Christian church resulted in the creation of new sources of legal authority, such as local and 'vulgar' law, barbarian law codes, and canon law. On the other, they investigate the interrelationship between legal innovations and social change, for the very process of creating new law and new authority either resulted from or caused changes in the society in which it occurred. The
The battle of Vouille, 507 CE : where France began( )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume highlights the heretofore largely neglected Battle of Vouillé in 507 CE, when the Frankish King Clovis defeated Alaric II, the King of the Visigoths. Clovis' victory proved a crucial step in the expulsion of the Visigoths from Francia into Spain, thereby leaving Gaul largely to the Franks. It was arguably in the wake of Vouillé that Gaul became Francia, and that "France began." The editors have united an international team of experts on Late Antiquity and the Merovingian Kingdoms to reexamine the battle from multiple as well as interdisciplinary perspectives. The contributions address questions of military strategy, geographical location, archaeological footprint, political background, religious propaganda, consequences (both in Francia and in Italy), and significance. There is a strong focus on the close reading of primary source-material, both textual and material, secular and theological
Romans, barbarians, and the transformation of the Roman world : cultural interaction and the creation of identity in late antiquity by Danuta Shanzer( )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most significant transformations of the Roman world in Late Aniquity was the integration of barbarian peoples into the social, cultural, religious, and political milieu of the Medierranean world ... These 25 studies do much to break down old stereotypes about the cultural and social segregation of Roman and barbarian populations, and demonstrate that, contrary to the past orthodoxy, Romans and barbarians interacted in a multitude of ways, and it was not just barbarians who experienced 'ethnogenesis' or cultural assimilation. The same Romans who disparaged barbarian behavior also adopted aspects of it in their everyday lives, providing graphic examples of the ambiguity and negotiation that characterized the integration of Romans and barbarians, a process that altered the concepts of identity of both populations. The resultant late antique polyethnic cultural world, with cultural frontiers beween Romans and barbarians that became increasingly permeable in both directions, does much to help explain how the barbarian settlement of the west was accomplished with much less disruption than there might have been, and how barbarian populations were integrated seamlessly into the old Roman world"--Publisher description, p. [4] of dust jacket
Ecclesiastical factionalism and religious controversy in fifth-century Gaul by Ralph W Mathisen( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman aristocrats in barbarian Gaul : strategies for survival in an age of transition by Ralph Whitney Mathisen( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People, personal expression, and social relations in late antiquity by Ralph W Mathisen( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Late Antiquity, which lies between Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages (ca. A.D. 250-750), heralded the gradual decline of Mediterranean classical civilization, and the initial formation of a strictly western European, Christian society. During this period, three momentous developments threatened the paternalistic Roman social system: the rise of the Christian church, the disintegration of the Roman Empire in the west, and the establishment of the barbarian kingdoms. VOLUME 1 provides a new way of looking at the social transformations taking place in the Late Roman and early medieval worlds. During this tumultuous era, many marginalized groups found opportunities for literary self expression previously enjoyed only by Rome's secular male elite. Mathisen uses this literature of Late Antiquity to bring to light the personal concerns, private interactions, and family lives of the age, including a thorough exploration of the roles of women and children. Rather than extracting single words or phrases from the Latin documents, this volume gives concentrated attention to its literary sources. Mathisen provides translations of extended passages, allowing the literature of Late Antiquity to be interpreted, understood, and appreciated in the context of its own times. VOLUME 2. This volume presents a collection of Latin source documents illustrating the social upheaval taking place in the Late Roman and early medieval worlds. The texts included in this volume provide the original Latin for the selections that are translated in Volume I. The 140 selected texts gathered from 70 different sources offer the reader firsthand experience with the ways that the Latin language was being used during the transformative period of Late Antiquity
Ruricius of Limoges and friends : a collection of letters from Visigothic Gaul : letters of Ruricius of Limoges, Caesarius of Arles, Euphrasius of Clermont, Faustus of Riez, Graecus of Marseille, Paulinus of Bordeaux, Sedatus of Nîmes, Sidonius Apollinaris, Taurentius and Victorinus of Fréjus by Ruricius Lemovicensis( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In an intimate and domestic way, these letters describe what happened in Gaul after the final Roman withdrawal just before AD 480. They illustrate how literary life continued under barbarian rule, and demonstrate how well-to-do Gauls responded to the changing times. They provide priceless insights not only into the private and public lives of individual letter writers, but also into live and activities in Visigothic Gaul at the local level in general. In this regard, they suggest how little impact the Visigoths actually had. More than any other source, these letters tell the tale of the 'end of Roman Gaul'."--BOOK JACKET
Shifting frontiers in late antiquity by Interdisciplinary Conference on Late Antiquity( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume results from a conference held at the University of Kansas in March 1995, bringing together a team of scholars working on different aspects of frontier studies from the 3rd through the 7th century. The material takes in the whole extent of the Roman world, from Spain to Syria, and from Britain to Dacia, and one of the primary concerns is to clarify the role of Late Antiquity as a boundary between the world of antiquity, and that of the Byzantine and medieval periods. The definition and management of the physical frontier is the subject of the first papers. This theme is elaborated in studies on how frontiers were perceived, whether actually on the borders of the empire or within it; social, ethnic, and religious categories are all investigated, similarly the effects that frontier regions had on the populations living within them. In the second part, the focus shifts further to metaphorical uses of the frontier, to examine boundaries of gender, culture and spirit. Many of these papers are also specifically concerned with the expanding boundaries of Christianity. The studies presented here unite expertise from the fields of history, art history, archaeology, and literature, to draw a comprehensive and interdisciplinary picture of the realities, metaphors and ideologies of the frontier in Late Antiquity. [publisher]
Society and culture in late antique Gaul : revisiting the sources by Ralph Mathisen( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Late Roman Gaul is often seen either from a classical Roman perspective as an imperial province in decay and under constant threat from barbarian invasion or settlement, or from the medieval one, as the cradle of modern France and Germany. Standard texts and "moments" have emerged and been canonized in the scholarship on the period, be it Gaul aflame in 407 or the much-disputed baptism of Clovis in 496/508. This volume avoids such stereotypes. It brings together state-of-the-art work in archaeology, literary, social, and religious history, philology, philosophy, epigraphy, and numismatics not only to examine under-used and new sources for the period, but also critically to reexamine a few of the old standards. This will provide a fresh view of various more unusual aspects of late Roman Gaul, and also, it is hoped, serve as a model for ways of interpreting the late Roman sources for other areas, times, and contexts. [publisher]
Ancient Mediterranean civilizations : from prehistory to 640 CE by Ralph W Mathisen( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in the history, literature and society of Late Antiquity by Ralph W Mathisen( Book )

12 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sources for Ancient Mediterranean civilizations : texts, maps and images by Ralph W Mathisen( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This sourcebook would serve as a companion volume to R.W. Mathisen, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations : From Prehistory to 640 CE, 2nd edition ... ; it will provide ancillary materials--121 primary sources, 15 maps, and 111 illustrations, all in 505 pages--that will expand upon the material in the textbook"--Provided by publisher
Making Europe : people, politics and culture by Frank Kidner( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New history of Europe written by people teaching the course at large U.S. universities
Making Europe : the story of the West by Frank L Kidner( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People, personal expression, and social relations in late antiquity by Ralph W Mathisen( Book )

10 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ecclesiastical aristocracy of fifth-century Gaul : a regional analysis of family structure by Ralph W Mathisen( Book )

16 editions published between 1979 and 1994 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient Roman civilization : history and sources, 753 BCE to 640 CE by Ralph W Mathisen( Book )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The global west : connections & identities by Frank Kidner( Book )

3 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Late antiquity and Byzantium( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shifting frontiers in late antiquity II : the transformation of law and society in late antiquity : an interdisciplinary conference : the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, March 13-16, 1997 : collected abstracts by Biennial Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Law, society, and authority in late antiquity
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Romans, barbarians, and the transformation of the Roman world : cultural interaction and the creation of identity in late antiquityPeople, personal expression, and social relations in late antiquityRuricius of Limoges and friends : a collection of letters from Visigothic Gaul : letters of Ruricius of Limoges, Caesarius of Arles, Euphrasius of Clermont, Faustus of Riez, Graecus of Marseille, Paulinus of Bordeaux, Sedatus of Nîmes, Sidonius Apollinaris, Taurentius and Victorinus of FréjusSociety and culture in late antique Gaul : revisiting the sourcesAncient Mediterranean civilizations : from prehistory to 640 CEMaking Europe : people, politics and culturePeople, personal expression, and social relations in late antiquity
Alternative Names
Mathisen, Ralph 1947-

Mathisen, Ralph W.

Mathisen, Ralph Whitney 1947-

Mathisen, Ralph Withney.

Whitney Mathisen, Ralph 1947-

Languages
English (249)

German (1)

Italian (1)