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The Fall of the Roman Empire [Hardcover]

Peter Heather
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'The outcome is the conclusion that Roman imperialism was ultimately responsible for its own demise.' -- Paul Cartledge

'With this book, a powerful searchlight has been shone upon the shadow-dimmed end of Rome’s western empire.' -- Tom Holland

[has] created stimulating new beginnings to thinking about the end of the Roman empire in the West -- Telegraph

a colourful and enthralling narrative . . . full of keen wit, and an infectious relish for the period -- Independent On Sunday

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

a fast-paced yet detailed narrative -- Spectator

good stories, an easy style and academic excellence. Heather is a master of all three. -- Guardian

succeeds triumphantly -- Sunday Times

the story is an exciting one, bursting with action, brutality . . . one can recommend to anyone, whether specialist or interested amateur. -- History Today

From the Back Cover

In this ground-breaking book, Peter Heather proposes a new solution to one of the greatest mysteries of history: the demise of the Roman Empire. Mixing authoritative 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 successes of 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.

‘Provides the reader with drama and lurid colour as well as analysis. Like a late Roman emperor, he 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.’ Sunday Times

'Heather presents the stories and the characters of this tumultuous epoch, in a colourful and enthralling narrative . . .an account full of enjoyably anachronistic flourishes, keen wit, and an infectious relish for the period.’ Independent On Sunday

‘The story is an exciting one, bursting with action, brutality . . . a gripping, and balanced account . . . one can recommend to anyone, whether specialist or interested amateur.’ History Today

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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr Heather is a history lecturer at Worcester College, Oxford University. His previous titles include Goths and Romans 332-489 (OUP, 1991) and The Goths (Blackwell, 1996). He lives in Oxford.
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