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Roman Aristocrats in Barbarian Gaul, 58BC/511AD [Hardcover]

Ralph W. Mathisen


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1 Jun 1993
In this pioneering study, Ralph W. Mathisen examines the "fall" in one part of the western Empire, Gaul, to better understand the shift from Roman to Germanic power that occurred in the region during the fifth century A.D.
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"I can warmly recommend Mathisen's latest book to all students of the western provinces in Late Antiquity. It is a well-planned, well-presented, lucid and illuminating work that confidently gathers together ideas that Mathisen and other scholars ... have been floating for the last few years, and takes them to a very satisfying conclusion. In brief, Mathisen provides an excellent summary of recent research in his field ... enlivened by his own interpretation of a number of important issues."oInternational Journal of the Classical Tradition " ... a signal contribution to the literature on late Roman Gaul. "oJohn W. Eadie, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, and Professor of History, Michigan State University --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars When you can't tell a Roman from a barbarian anymore.... 8 May 2001
By "jefgodesky" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this book mainly because the collapse of Roman rule in Gaul is probably the closest model we have for what happened in the much less documented post-Roman period in Britain. The depth of research in this volume is absolutely astounding! Mathisen covers nearly every way the aristocrats of Gaul had of reacting to the barbarian invasion (many of which, coincidentally, find parallels in Britain). They could denigrate the barbarians and engage in even greater Roman chauvanism, they could try to deny the situation and continue as they always had, they could flee, they could enter the church, or they could "turn traitor," and collaborate with the barbarians. Mathisen shows how different aristocrats in different places throughout Gaul used each of these strategies to adapt to an unenviable position. It is an excellent study of what happens to a civilizaion when its entire world comes crashing in on it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of Schorlarhip 11 Aug 2012
By berkeley69 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The other reviews clearly set forth what this book is about: strategies adopted by aristocrats to a massive shift in power and wealth. The level of research is daunting. Thus while this book is profound it is too dense for a reader who hasn't first read other books or articles covering the same areas.
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