Barbarians: An Alternative Roman History

Barbarians: An Alternative Roman History

by Terry Jones, Alan Ereira

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ISBN-13: 9780563539162
Publisher: B B C Worldwide Americas
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 823,537
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Terry Jones is best known as a member of Monty Python, but he has written numerous books, including Chaucer’s Knight and the highly acclaimed Who Murdered Chaucer? He and Alan are the coauthors of Crusades and Terry Jones' Medieval Lives.

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Barbarians: An Alternative Roman History 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
petterw on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This is truly an alternative history book on the Roman Empire and her neighbours. Written with wit and with true passion for the idea that the Romans were all bad, it is surprisingly boring at times, because there is just too much information. Also the story is not told chronologically, so it is also hard to follow at times, because of the leaps in time. However, the authors have succeeded in changing my view on the times they are describing, and it has been truly interesting to learn more about the Vandals, the Huns, and not the least about the shamelessness and lack of compassion of the first Catholic Church. I am glad I have read Barbarians.
bfgar on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Like most of us, I believed that Rome had brought the Pax Romana, peace and civilization to the countries it conquered. After reading Jones' book, I'm not quite sure. Jones makes an convincing argument that the reason it appears that Rome was a nice conqueror was because there hadn't really been any real research -- just everyone believing the Empire's self-aggrandizing propaganda. Now, it seems, there's been some interesting archeology done, some more precise readings of the great Roman historians, such as Tacitus. These paint an entirely different picture of just how barbaric the barbarians truly were. Great book. You should read it.
Sean_RMIT on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This is a facinating look behind the officially accepted view of the Roman Empire. Its barbarity is well documented and yet the classical Romans have come to be seen as the accepted template for what we call civilized. Jones removes the veil and takes an interesting look at why the Romans were as much barbarians as those they themselves cast in this role. Certainly brings to mind modern comparisons between those considered terrorists and those casting them in this role.
stillbeing on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A fun book, Barbarians gives a full-spectrum view of history from the bias of Non-Romans in the Western and Near-Eastern world - Terry Jones does for history what Michael Palin does for geography and John Cleese does for lemurs. Combining wit, up-to-date research and findings and historical texts, everyone gets a look-in from the Celts, Germans, Greeks, Persians, Goths, Huns and Vandals, and it also gives a wider social, economic, religious and historical perspective of the Romans from the start to the end of their civilisation. Although this book is sort of "arm-chair history", there are plenty of sources referenced and a good set of notes for further, more indepth reading at a later stage and it gave me a good basic understanding of a slice of history I'm not well-versed in.Definitely recommended for recreational fans of ancient history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good overview of the history of the early civilized world. Covers so much ground, going back and forth in time, that it's sometimes confusing. Author has some obvious biases, such as anti religion. Gives one a jumping off place for more detailed look at specific stories or history that catch your attention.