Rome's Gothic Wars: From the Third Century to Alaric

Rome's Gothic Wars: From the Third Century to Alaric

by Michael Kulikowski
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521608686

ISBN-13: 9780521608688

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Late in August 410, Rome was starving, its residents were turning on one another, and, to make matters worse, the Gothic army camped at Rome's gates was restless. The Gothic commander was Alaric, a Roman general and barbarian chieftain. Leading an army that was short of food and potentially mutinous, sacking Rome was his only way forward. The old heart of Rome's

Overview

Late in August 410, Rome was starving, its residents were turning on one another, and, to make matters worse, the Gothic army camped at Rome's gates was restless. The Gothic commander was Alaric, a Roman general and barbarian chieftain. Leading an army that was short of food and potentially mutinous, sacking Rome was his only way forward. The old heart of Rome's empire fell to a conqueror's sword for the first time in eight hundred years. For three days, Alaric's Goths sacked the eternal city. In the words of a contemporary, the mother of the world had been murdered. Alaric's story is the culmination of a long historical journey by which the Goths came to be a part of the Roman world. Whether as friends or foes of the Roman empire, the Goths and their history are entwined with the larger history of Rome in the third and fourth centuries. Rome's Gothic Wars explains how the Goths came into existence on the margins of the Roman world, how different Gothic groups dealt with the enormous power of Rome just beyond their lands, and how, in two traumatic years, thousands of Goths entered the imperial provinces and destroyed the army that was sent to suppress them, leaving the emperor of the eternal city dead on the field of battle. Unlike other histories of the barbarians, Rome's Gothic Wars shows exactly how and why modern historians understand the Goths the way they do and why our understanding is so controversial.

About the Author:
Michael Kulikowski is associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. A recipient of the Solmsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he is the author ofLate Roman Spain and Its Cities, which was awarded an Honorable Mention in Classics and Archaeology from the Association of American University Presses

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521608688
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Key Conflicts of Classical Antiquity Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Maps     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Prologue: Before the Gates of Rome     1
The Goths Before Constantine     14
The Roman Empire and Barbarian Society     34
The Search for Gothic Origins     43
Imperial Politics and the Rise of Gothic Power     71
Goths and Romans, 332-376     100
The Battle of Adrianople     123
Theodosius and the Goths     144
Alaric and the Sack of Rome     154
Epilogue: The Aftermath of Alaric     178
Glossary of Ancient Sources     185
Biographical Glossary     191
Further Reading     205
Notes     209
Index     219

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