The Fall of the Roman Empire

The Fall of the Roman Empire

by Arthur Ferrill


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ISBN-13: 9780500274958
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 06/28/1988
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

1The Decline and Fall of Rome10
From Gibbon to Today13
2The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire23
From Preclusive Security to Third-Century Collapse25
From Chaos to a New Order31
The Army of Diocletian41
Constantine and his Sons43
3Crises on the Frontiers in the Fourth Century51
Julian the Apostate in Persia52
The Battle of Adrianople56
The Effect of Defeat on the Roman Army64
4Theodosius the Great AD 378-39568
The Reunification of the Empire68
The Roman Army in AD 39577
A Comparison of the Eastern and Western Armies83
5The Turning Point: AD 406-41086
Stilicho and Alaric90
The Vandals and the Rhine: the Fall of Stilicho97
The Sack of Rome102
6The Grand Strategy of the Western Roman Empire in the Early Fifth Century117
Constantius III and the Crisis in the West117
The Settlement of Barbarian Nations119
The Western Army after the Sack of Rome126
7Aetius, the Vandals and the Huns133
The Loss of Africa135
The Army of the Huns140
The Battle of Chalons and the Invasion of Italy145
8The Fall of Rome152
The Roman Army after Chalons152
The Sack of Rome by the Vandals153
Ricimer and the Defence of Italy155
The Loss of Gaul and Spain158
Odovacer and the Overthrow of Romulus Augustulus159
The Fall of Rome161
Table of Emperors170
Select Bibliography182
Illustration Credits187

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good and conclusive book... many other sources ignore the fact that there were endless amounts of military problems leading up to the fall of the Empire - the old army would have halted the invasions almost as soon as they began, but after Diocletian's reforms... Well, I'll say no more. Read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Arther Ferrill is very, very good at what he does, and that is study/teach ancient military history. However, as an author he leaves something to be desired, for the non-professional historian, at least. As a former student of his, I can confidently say that this is a wonderful book, but its focus is very narrow. It deliberately deals only with the military side of the Fall of the Empire, with no in-depth digressions into the political, economic, or social aspects of that catastrophe. This is a shame, for Professor Ferrill has the intelligence and wit to make such digressions, and thus would be certainly able to 'flesh out' his purely military analysis of Rome's Fall. With a little more work, this book could evolve into one of the great analyses of the causes of the Fall, but as it stands it leaves the reader hungering for more information rather than feeling intellectually satisfied. It makes one reach for the other Roman History books on one's shelf, in order to answer the questions that Ferrill's analysis raises, but never answers. And that's not so bad really, for it forces us to stretch our minds in new directions, as we seek to find an answer for an unanswerable question. If you're serious about pondering the question of Rome's Fall, this book is a must have, but as a starting point, not as a terminus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the simplest explanation is the right one. This is what this book wants to suggest. So many authors have looked for the cause of the fall of the Roman empire that too many explanations have been set forth. May be the 'military' explanation is really too simple, but no one - no one after reading this book - can simply ignore it. It could be possible that the 'real' causes of the fall be found elsewhere, but somewhere down the 'line' of causes one must come to the military collapse of the fourth century, which is what this good book is about. And the book doesn't fail in explaining that, whatever the causes of the weakening of the roman army in the fourth century, it was that weakening that ultimately led the empire to its end in the west. Definitely a good and interesting book.