The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Ruin of the Roman Empire This vivid history takes readers back to the sixth century, into the lives, cultures, and events that influenced ancient Rome. O'Donnell captures the richness of late antique life and the colorful characters of the age. 20 b&w illustrations and maps.
- Published: 01 September 2009
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780060787417 ISBN 10: 0060787414
- Sales rank: 401,801
Reviews for The Ruin of the Roman Empire
Final collapse of the Roman West
Starting at AD 500: the empire which has not fallen, O'Donnell looks at the succession of Goth rulers, who because they did not claim the title of Emperor but simply kings of Italy, do not figure in 'standard' accounts of the fall of the Roman west. However, just as many recognised Emperors were not Italian Romans, Odoacer and especially Theodoric, ruled reasonably well, restoring much of what was Roman in Italy and the city of Rome. O'Donnell's thesis is that it all became unstuck in the sixth century with the ill-advised attempt by the Eastern Emperor, Justinian I, to re-conquer the west, where initial success had a ruinous longer term effect on the west. by Robert C Warn