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Rome's Christian Empress: Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of Empire.


Rome's Christian Empress: Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of Empire

Joyce E. Salisbury

Johns Hopkins University Press


236 pages




Salisbury explores the transitions of the Roman Empire during the fifth century and the role that Placidia, who ruled on her own for 20 years, played in them. Most crucially, she says, the empire became Christian during that period and the church established buildings, beliefs, and practices that would shape Christianity through the centuries. She covers a forgotten empress, the "most noble" princess 379-395, orphan princess in Stilicho's shadow 395-408, held hostage by the Goths 408-412, a queen of the Visigoths 411-416, wife and mother in Ravenna 416-424, empress of the Romans 424-437, the empress mother and her children 438-455, and the fall of the Western Empire 455-476. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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