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The Ruin of the Roman Empire: The Emperor Who Brought It Down, The Barbarians Who Could Have Saved It

The Ruin of the Roman Empire: The Emperor Who Brought It Down, The Barbarians Who Could Have Saved It (Hardback)

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What really marked the end of the Roman Empire? James O'Donnell's magnificent new book takes us back to the sixth century and the last time the Empire could be regarded as a single community. Two figures dominate his narrative - Theodoric the 'barbarian', whose civilized rule in Italy with his philosopher minister Boethius might have been an inspiration, and in Constantinople Justinian, who destroyed the Empire with his rigid passion for orthodoxy and his restless inability to secure his frontiers with peace. The book closes with Pope Gregory the Great, the polished product of ancient Roman schools, presiding over a Rome in ruins.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalAncient history: to c 500 CEHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 26/02/2009 ISBN-13: 9781861979353  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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James O'Donnell is a distinguished classicist who is now Provost of Georgetown University, Washington. He is the author of Augustine, Sinner & Saint.

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