His accomplishments have been hailed by classical scholars as those of a ‘superman’, yet Aurelian himself is scarcely known to a wider audience. His achievements enabled the Roman empire to survive for another two centuries, ensuring a lasting legacy of Roman civilisation for the successor European states. Without Aurelian, the ‘Dark Ages’ would probably have lasted centuries longer.
“The Roman Emperor Aurelian - Restorer of the World” describes these extraordinary times (the title ‘Restorer of the World’ was awarded to Aurelian by the Roman Senate). The book provides all the necessary background for a lay or casual reader and also examines the consequences of Aurelian‘s achievements and what happened afterwards. There is additionally a substantial section describing the 3rd-Century Roman army.
Updated 6 October 2015.