9780192807281

The Fall of Rome And the End of Civilization

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    9780192807281

  • ISBN10:

    0192807285

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/7/2006
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Was the fall of Rome a great catastrophe that cast the West into darkness for centuries to come? Or, as scholars argue today, was there no crisis at all, but simply a peaceful blending of barbarians into Roman culture, an essentially positive transformation? InThe Fall of Rome, eminent historian Bryan Ward-Perkins argues that the "peaceful" theory of Rome's "transformation" is badly in error. Indeed, he sees the fall of Rome as a time of horror and dislocation that destroyed a great civilization, throwing the inhabitants of the West back to a standard of living typical of prehistoric times. Attacking contemporary theories with relish and making use of modern archaeological evidence, he looks at both the wider explanations for the disintegration of the Roman world and also the consequences for the lives of everyday Romans, who were caught in a world of economic collapse, marauding barbarians, and the rise of a new religious orthodoxy. The book recaptures the drama and violence of the last days of the Roman world, and reminds us of the very real terrors of barbarian occupation. Equally important, Ward-Perkins contends that a key problem with the new way of looking at the end of the ancient world is that all difficulty and awkwardness is smoothed out into a steady and positive transformation of society. Nothing ever goes badly wrong in this vision of the past. The evidence shows otherwise. Up to date and brilliantly written, combining a lively narrative with the latest research and thirty illustrations, this superb volume reclaims the drama, the violence, and the tragedy of the fall of Rome.

Author Biography


Bryan Ward-Perkins is a lecturer in Modern History at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in History at Trinity College. He has published widely on the subject and is a co-editor of The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume XIV

Table of Contents

Did Rome Ever Fall?
1(12)
PART ONE: THE FALL OF ROME
The Horrors of War
13(20)
The Road to Defeat
33(30)
Living under the New Masters
63(24)
PART TWO: THE END OF A CIVILIZATION
The Disappearance of Comfort
87(36)
Why the Demise of Comfort?
123(15)
The Death of a Civilization?
138(31)
All for the Best in the Best of All Possible Worlds?
169(15)
Appendix: From Potsherds to People 184(4)
Chronology 188(4)
Notes 192(24)
Bibliography 216(8)
Picture List 224(7)
Index 231

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