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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard read but a very interesting and informative book, 21 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Empires and Barbarians (Paperback)
Being an amateur reader, I bought this book a while ago and it stayed on my shelf for a while.
When I got decided to read it, I had a quick glance at some reviews and got a bit nervous before reading it.

I would say that most of the previous reviews are from my point of view very accurate.

Firstly, the book is quite large, app 650 pages and I would unfortunately say not easily readable for the layman.
Mainly because the author spends quite a lot time describing the various debate on current theories and goes quite far into details.
He repeats himself quite a lot and all of this makes the book arduous to read.
So, I am not sure for who this book is intended to? So potential readers, be aware.

Despite the above, I made an effort to carry on reading and in the end, I must say I was quite happy.
I did learn a lot and understood new concepts about migrations, settlement, relation with Rome, etc. that did not really grasped before.
Finally, the Third law of empire is a very intersting idea.

In my views, what Peter Heather succeeds the most is to convey us these theories and concepts but a bit of editing would have been welcome by triming a good quarter of the book.

I picked up a few mistakes such as the date of the Teutoberg Wald battle which from previous readings understood to be AD 9?

Overall, It is a very decent and interesting book but be aware that it may not be easy to read although the effort is from my point of view worth it.
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