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The Fall of the Roman Empire

A New History

The Fall of the Roman Empire by Peter Heather
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In AD 378 the Roman Empire had been the unrivalled superpower of Europe for well over four hundred years. And yet, August that year saw a small group of German-speaking asylum-seekers rout a vast Imperial army at Hadrianople, killing the Emperor and establishing themselves on Roman territory. Within a hundred years the last Emperor of the Western Empire had been deposed. What had gone wrong?

In this ground breaking book, Peter Heather proproses a stunning new solution to one of the greatest mysteries of history. Mixing authoratative analysis with thrilling narrative, he brings fresh insight into the panorama of the empire's end, from the bejewelled splendour of the imperial court to the dripping forests of "Barbaricum". He examines the extraordinary success story that was the Roman Empire and uses a new understanding of its continued strength and enduring limitations to show how Europe's barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome, eventually pulled it apart.

'a colourful and enthralling narrative . . .an account full of keen wit and an infectious relish for the period.’ Independent On Sunday

‘provides the reader with drama and lurid colour as well as analysis . . . succeeds triumphantly.’ Sunday Times

‘a fascinating story, full of ups and downs and memorable characters’ Spectator

‘bursting with action . . .one can recommend to anyone, whether specialist or interested amateur.’ History Today

'a rare combination of scholarship and flair for narrative' Tom Holland

Pan Macmillan; November 2010
592 pages; ISBN 9780330529839
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Title: The Fall of the Roman Empire
Author: Peter Heather
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