How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower

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Yale University Press, 12 mai 2009 - 544 pages
A major new history of the fall of the Roman Empire, by the prizewinning author of Caesar
In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable, its vast territory accounting for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in western Europe and much of northern 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.
 

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Table des matières

Preface
1
IntroductionThe Big Question
11
PART ONECrisis? The Third Century
27
PART TWORecovery? The Fourth Century
155
PART THREEFall? The Fifth and Sixth Centuries
283
ConclusionA Simple Answer
405
EpilogueAn Even Simpler Moral
416
Chronology
425
Glossary
441
Bibliography
449
Notes
467
Index
511
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Adrian 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.

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