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- DescriptionIn AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable, its vast territory accounting for most of the kwn world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in western Europe and much of rthern Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. In his account of the fall of the Roman Empire, prizewinning author Adrian Goldsworthy examines the painful centuries of the superpower s decline. Bringing history to life through the stories of the men, women, heroes, and villains involved, the author uncovers surprising lessons about the rise and fall of great nations.This was a period of remarkable personalities, from the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius to emperors like Diocletian, who portrayed themselves as tough, even brutal, soldiers. It was a time of revolutionary ideas, especially in religion, as Christianity went from persecuted sect to the religion of state and emperors. Goldsworthy pays particular attention to the willingness of Roman soldiers to fight and kill each other. Ultimately, this is the story of how an empire without a serious rival rotted from within, its rulers and institutions putting short-term ambition and personal survival over the wider good of the state.
- Author BiographyAdrian Goldsworthy is a preeminent historian of the ancient world. His many acclaimed works include Caesar, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Society of Military History s Distinguished Book Award for Biography. Goldsworthy, who received his doctorate at Oxford, lectures widely and consults on historical documentaries produced by the History Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC.
- Author(s)Research Fellow Adrian Goldsworthy
- PublisherYale University Press
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectAncient History
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Notemaps, charts, black & white plates
- Weight617 g
- Width152 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine41 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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