A New History of Rome and the Barbarians
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The Times of London Like a late Roman emperor, Heather is determined to impose order on a fabric that is always threatening to fragment and collapse into confusion; unlike most late Roman emperors, he succeeds triumphantly.
everything from pollen sampling to archaeology to literary criticismto wring the truth from the reticent past.... What Mr. Heather offers is not easy analogies but a realization of the complex strangeness of the pastthe achievement of a great historian.Adam Kirsch, New York Sun A rich and dramatic synthesis of the latest research on Gibbon's old story.... The drama of Mr. Heather's book lies not just in the world-changing story he has to tell, but in his behind-the-scenes view of how historians work. Like a master detective, Mr. Heather employs the most various techniques
the decline and fall of the Roman Empire in the Weststill casts a pall. Yet, as Peter Heather's brilliant mixture of rapid flowing narrative and deeply thought analysis fully brings out, it still exerts a pull too. 'Lepcisgate', Alaric's Goths, and Attila's Huns are all thrown into Heather's melting pot along with Roman imperial aims and mismanagement. The outcome is a conclusion Heather finds pleasingand Gibbon would not have despisedthat Roman imperialism was ultimately responsible for its own demise.Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge Gibbon's 'awful revolution'
Tom Holland, author of Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic To a period that has often appeared as impenetrable as it is momentous, Peter Heather brings a rare combination of scholarship and flair for narrative. With this book, a powerful searchlight has been shone upon the shadow-dimmed end of Rome's western empire.
ForeWord Magazine Masterful, lucid.... Always rewarding.
<br>Peter Heather teaches at Worcester College, University of Oxford. A leading authority on the barbarians, he is the author of The Goths, Goths and Romans, and The Huns.<br>
INTRODUCTION ; PART I ; Chapter 1: Romans ; Chapter 2: Barbarians ; Chapter 3: The Limits of Empire ; PART II ; Chapter 4: War on the Danube ; Chapter 5: The City of God ; Chapter 6: Out of Africa ; Chapter 7: Attila the Hun ; Chapter 8: The Fall of the Hunnic Empire ; PART III ; Chapter 9: End of Empire ; Chapter 10: The Fall of Rome ; NOTES / BIBLIOGRAPHY ; DRAMATIS PERSONAE ; TIMELINE / GLOSSARY