One of the most significant transformations of the Roman world between the fourth and seventh centuries C.E. was the integration of barbarian peoples into the social, cultural, religious, and political milieu of the Mediterranean world. Nowhere in the Roman world could the impact of the barbarians be escaped. The sixth biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity Conference assembled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in March of 2005 with this as its theme, and the present volume publishes a selection of the papers given on that occasion. The contributions remind us that the transformation of the Roman world took place in a Roman context and that Romanitas always was the touchstone against which social, intellectual, and political developments were measured.
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