The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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Several lessons have been leant from the three volumes of PLRE. The scholarly response suggests that the most sought-after attributes of any prosopographical catalogue are clearly formulated and stated criteria for inclusion, consistency in the application of the criteria, and completeness of coverage. In sum, PLRE has caused people to rethink many of the ways in which they look at late antiquity. The development of the material demonstrates the growing diversity of the Mediterranean world: PLRE by PLRE III, one has a massive array of eastern and western non-Romans both within and outside the imperial frontiers. As a result of its increasing inclusivity, PLRE became more of a secular PLA than a PLRE. Overall, this chapter concludes that PLRE has become the one work that must be on the shelves of anyone who proposes to make a comprehensive study of the late antique world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFifty Years of Prosopography
Subtitle of host publicationThe Later Roman Empire, Byzantium and Beyond
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191734434
ISBN (Print)0197262929, 9780197262924
StatePublished - Jan 31 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolf harnack
  • Late antiquity
  • Plre
  • Prosopographical catalogue
  • Roman empire
  • Theodor mommsen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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