The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome

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History remembers Attila, the leader of the Huns, as the Romans perceived him: a savage barbarian brutally inflicting terror on whoever crossed his path. Christopher Kelly, a professor of ancient history at Cambridge University, presents quite a different portrait. Drawing on original texts, including the only eyewitness description of Attila and his court, Kelly reveals Attila to be both a master warrior and an astute strategist. His Attila brilliantly exploited the strengths and weaknesses of the Roman Empire, ...

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Overview

History remembers Attila, the leader of the Huns, as the Romans perceived him: a savage barbarian brutally inflicting terror on whoever crossed his path. Christopher Kelly, a professor of ancient history at Cambridge University, presents quite a different portrait. Drawing on original texts, including the only eyewitness description of Attila and his court, Kelly reveals Attila to be both a master warrior and an astute strategist. His Attila brilliantly exploited the strengths and weaknesses of the Roman Empire, conspiring with a treacherous Roman general, avoiding the assassination plots of a powerful eunuch, and accepting a marriage proposal from the emperor's sister. A compelling and original exploration of the clash between empire and barbarity, The End of Empire challenges our own ideas about imperialism, civilization, terrorist, and superpowers.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Vivid [and] engrossing.”
Richmond Times
“Accessible history that enlightens as well as informs.”
Publishers Weekly

Drawing on the Roman historian Priscus of Panium's History of Attila the Hun, Cambridge University historian Kelly (Ruling the Later Roman Empire) restores the image of Attila as a politically ingenious leader bent more on making strategic alliances to benefit his people than conquering neighboring tribes by savage attacks. With the grace of a good storyteller, Kelly narrates the Huns' origins as nomadic peoples who eventually settled in the Great Hungarian Plain. As they began to consolidate their control over new territories, says Kelly, the Huns recognized the need for a more stable form of government, a greater concentration of military effort focused on a single objective, and the closer coordination of all clans under one leader. In A.D. 434, they found their leader in Attila, and the Huns steadily conquered-by force and by strategic political agreements-various regions of the Roman Empire. They were never able to take Rome, but battling the Huns so weakened Rome's resources that Vandals sacked the city in A.D. 455, effectively ending the Western Roman Empire. Kelly's first-rate history provides a singularly fresh look at a fractious period in the life of ancient Rome. Maps. (June)

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Kelly (ancient history, Univ. of Cambridge; The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction) paints an engaging portrait of Attila the Hun's rise to prominence and places the feared warlord in the context of his own time. The title is something of a misnomer, as Kelly writes of Attila's ability to build his own empire as well as his significant part in the destruction of Rome's empire. As the author explains, Attila was aware that it was not in his best interest to hasten the decline of the Roman Empire because much of his control over his own people and lands was paid for with Roman gold that he received through bribes and raids. Kelly's well-written narrative is founded on extensive research, and he provides informative notes as well as suggestions for further reading. Recommended as an excellent addition to libraries with collections in ancient history, Roman history, European history, or classical studies.
—Crystal Goldman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393338492
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/14/2010
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 606,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Kelly, a professor of ancient history and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge, where he received his PhD in classics. He lives in Cambridge, England, and Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Maps xii

Prologue: The Strava of Attila the Hun 5

Part 1 Before Attila

Chapter 1 First Contact 11

Chapter 2 The Axis of Evil 23

Chapter 3 A Backward Steppe 34

Chapter 4 Romans and Barbarians 46

Chapter 5 How the West Was Won 59

Part 2 Huns and Romans

Chapter 6 A Tale of Two Cities 75

Chapter 7 War on Three Fronts 85

Chapter 8 Brothers in Arms 93

Chapter 9 Fighting for Rome 106

Chapter 10 Shock and Awe 119

Chapter 11 Barbarians at the Gates 130

Chapter 12 The Price of Peace 140

Part 3 Dinner With Attila

Chapter 13 Mission Impossible 151

Chapter 14 Close Encounters 163

Chapter 15 Eating with the Enemy 174

Chapter 16 What the Historian Saw 189

Chapter 17 Truth and Dare 201

Chapter 18 End Game 208

Part 4 The Failure of Empire

Chapter 19 Hearts and Minds 217

Chapter 20 The Bride of Attila 224

Chapter 21 Taking Sides 231

Chapter 22 The Fog of War 240

Chapter 23 The Last Retreat 253

Chapter 24 Endings 267

Epilogue: Reputations 280

Notes and Further Reading 293

Ancient Texts 327

Chronology, AD 375-455 331

Illustration Acknowledgments 334

Index 337

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    A Must for Pre-Dark Ages History Buffs

    Who hasn't heard of Atilla the Hun but how many people know exactly who he was and what he accomplished? This book tells you everything plus a whole lot more. Everything from his rise to power til his victories against the Roman empire. Great book for a great price :)

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    Very good book

    As the author points out the Huns left little to remember them by. So much is interpretation and speculation but I still enjoyed the book Wife is from Budapest and Attila is a common name as is Ildeco, his queen. I enjoyed the eastern Roman empire history and will read further on that subject.

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