By Freya Stark
This can be the tale of back-country Turkey, a space that even within the twentieth century continues to be stubbornly tied to antiquity. the writer traveled via it by way of truck and horseback, usually by myself. She reached locations little visited and not written approximately. the rustic humans welcomed her with generosity unrelated to their meager resources.
She was once touring in time to boot, and located importance in recalling the lifetime of Alexander the nice. Twenty-two centuries in the past he was once the 1st to dream of a united global.
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However, the three historians whose works seem to have had the most pronounced influence on Jones were not his acquaintances. One of these was Gibbon. Roger Jones remembers that his father was a great admirer of Gibbon and used to say that it would be extremely difficult to update The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire given that it contained very few mistakes. 41 Therefore, Jones chose to adopt a very different focus from these works, while examining the same period. D. 42 In his piece on Rostovtzeff, Jones exalted the Russian’s powers of synthesis and imagination, and his courage Fraser (2004) 1.
1955). He does not raise the issue in the obituary. 10 Crook (1971) 433. 9 32 peter garnsey No scholar has rivalled Stein’s intimate knowledge of the intricacies of the Byzantine administrative system, and scattered through the book are admirable sections on this topic. 11 My inference is, that if Jones had been writing of a period which saw more rapid change, if he had been writing the history of a more modern period, the result would have looked rather different from the Later Roman Empire, with much more narrative and rather less analysis—something more along the lines of Stein’s History, perhaps.
Duncan-Jones, Jones’ student, went on to tackle some of these questions: Duncan-Jones (1974), (1990), (1994). 36 “Numismatics and History” (1956) 62: “Coins commonly bear a brief legend and a type which has a symbolic significance. Numismatists have studied these intensively, and an historian may perhaps be permitted to say in his opinion they have sometimes attached an excessive significance to this”. 37 Ibid. 80: “historians would like to know technical data which yield objectively certain results”.
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