Barbarians and Romans, A.D. 418-584: The Techniques of Accommodation

Barbarians and Romans, A.D. 418-584: The Techniques of Accommodation


By (author) Walter Goffart, Edited by Carl Erdmann

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 216mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 21 October 1987
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0691102317
  • ISBN 13: 9780691102313
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 959,810

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Despite intermittent turbulence and destruction, much of the Roman West came under barbarian control in an orderly fashion. Goths, Burgundians, and other aliens were accommodated within the provinces without disrupting the settled population or overturning the patterns of landownership. Walter Goffart examines these arrangements and shows that they were based on the procedures of Roman taxation, rather than on those of military billeting (the so-called hospitalitas system), as has long been thought. Resident proprietors could be left in undisturbed possession of their lands because the proceeds of taxation,rather than land itself, were awarded to the barbarian troops and their leaders.

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"A wholly new interpretation... Professor Goffart argues his case clearly, forcefully, and at length. He has the ancient sources at his fingertips."--E. A. Thompson, Times Literary Supplement