The Day of the Barbarians: The Epic Battle that Began the Fall of the Roman Empire

Author:   Alessandro Barbero
Publisher:   Atlantic Books
Edition:   Main
ISBN:  

9781843545941


Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 August 2008
Format:   Paperback
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The Day of the Barbarians: The Epic Battle that Began the Fall of the Roman Empire


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On August 9, ad 378, outside Adrianople in the Roman province of Thrace, the Roman Empire began to fall. Two years earlier, an unexpected flood of refugees from the tribe known as the Goths had arrived at the Empire's eastern border, seeking admittance. In the David-and-Goliath struggle that ensued, the barbarians eventually inflicted upon the Roman Army the most disastrous defeat they had suffered since Hannibal's victory over them almost 600 years earlier. Although the Empire did not actually fall for another century, this battle signalled nothing less than the end of the ancient world and the opening of the Middle Ages. Barbero vividly recreates the events leading up to the last epic battle of the ancient world, and a significant turning point in world history. The Day of the Barbarians is military history at its gripping best.

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Author:   Alessandro Barbero
Publisher:   Atlantic Books
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Width: 12.80cm , Height: 1.40cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.179kg
ISBN:  

9781843545941


ISBN 10:   1843545942
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 August 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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'The Battle of Adrianople...is well laid out in this clever little book... The battle proved that a raggle-taggle bunch of refugees in animal skins could outfight the best-organized army the world had ever seen, and kill its emperor in the process.' Sunday Telegraph 'One of Italy's finest historians... A brilliantly vivid recreation of events leading to the defeat of the Roman army of the east by the Goths at the battle of Adrianople in 378.' Marc Lambert, Scotland on Sunday * 'Barbero has mastered the vast scholarly output on his subject. He possesses the historian's gift of summarizing a complex situation in a single sentence.' - Raymond Carr, Spectator * 'On the lines of Peter Heather's brilliant The Fall of the Roman Empire... A cracking tale, well researched and beautifully paced.' - Peter Jones, Literary Review * '[Barbero's] lucid, flowing narrative not only brings alive the military leaders and the problems they had to overcome, but also re-creates the lot of the ordinary footsoldiers. Rarely is history recounted in such a stimulating fashion.' - Yorkshire Evening Post * 'Elegant and pleasurable - what a joy it is to read about the ancient world in digestible portions.' - Steve Coates, New York Times


Barbero has mastered the vast scholarly output on his subject. He possesses the historian's gift of summarizing a complex situation in a single sentence. -- Raymond Carr Spectator On the lines of Peter Heather's brilliant The Fall of the Roman Empire... A cracking tale, well researched and beautifully paced. -- Peter Jones Literary Review [Barbero's] lucid, flowing narrative not only brings alive the military leaders and the problems they had to overcome, but also re-creates the lot of the ordinary footsoldiers. Rarely is history recounted in such a stimulating fashion. Yorkshire Evening Post Elegant and pleasurable - what a joy it is to read about the ancient world in digestible portions. -- Steve Coates New York Times


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Alessandro Barbero teaches Medieval Studies at the Universita del Piemonte Orientale. A previous winner of the Strega Prize, Italy's most prestigious literary award, he is the author of The Battle: A New History of The Battle of Waterloo (Atlantic Books, 2005).

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