How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower
  • How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower
  • How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower

How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower

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by Adrian Goldsworthy
     
 

In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable, its vast territory accounting for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in western Europe and much of northern Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. In his account of the fall of the Roman Empire, prizewinning author Adrian Goldsworthy examines the painful

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In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable, its vast territory accounting for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in western Europe and much of northern Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. In his account of the fall of the Roman Empire, prizewinning author Adrian Goldsworthy examines the painful centuries of the superpower’s decline. Bringing history to life through the stories of the men, women, heroes, and villains involved, the author uncovers surprising lessons about the rise and fall of great nations.

This was a period of remarkable personalities, from the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius to emperors like Diocletian, who portrayed themselves as tough, even brutal, soldiers. It was a time of revolutionary ideas, especially in religion, as Christianity went from persecuted sect to the religion of state and emperors. Goldsworthy pays particular attention to the willingness of Roman soldiers to fight and kill each other. Ultimately, this is the story of how an empire without a serious rival rotted from within, its rulers and institutions putting short-term ambition and personal survival over the wider good of the state.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300137194
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
630,881
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps

List of Illustrations

Preface 1

Introduction The Big Question 11

Pt. 1 Crisis?The Third Century 27

1 The Kingdom of Gold 29

2 The Secret of Empire 53

3 Imperial Women 70

4 King of Kings 86

5 Barbarians 103

6 The Queen and the 'Necessary' Emperor 123

7 Crisis 138

Pt. 2 Recovery? The Fourth Century 155

8 The Four - Diocletian and the Tetrarchy 157

9 The Christian 174

10 Rivals 194

11 Enemies 205

12 The Pagan 223

13 Goths 245

14 East and West 264

Pt. 3 Fall? The Fifth and Sixth Centuries 283

15 Barbarians and Romans: Generals and Rebels 285

16 The Sister and the Eternal City 299

17 The Hun 314

18 Sunset on an Outpost of Empire 335

19 Emperors, Kings and Warlords 353

20 West and East 370

21 Rise and Fall 388

Conclusion - A Simple Answer 405

Epilogue - An Even Simpler Moral 416

Chronology 425

Glossary 441

Bibliography 449

Notes 467

Index 511

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