Barbarians within the Gates of Rome: A Study of Roman Military Policy and the Barbarians, ca.375-425 A.D.

Barbarians within the Gates of Rome: A Study of Roman Military Policy and the Barbarians, ca.375-425 A.D.


By (author) Thomas S. Burns

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 444 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 28mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 22 March 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253312884
  • ISBN 13: 9780253312884
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

This book is designed to explain when, how, and why the Romans began a policy of allowing large, unified, and potentially troublesome groups of barbarians onto Roman soil. It is also a study in the Roman decision-making processes that resulted from the flow of local and regional information up the chain and the corresponding strategic decisions moving downward through the administrative hierarchies.

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Author information

THOMAS S. BURNS is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History, Emory University. He is the author of A History of the Ostrogoths, The Ostrogoths: Kingship and Society, and (with Bernhard H. Overbeck) Rome and the Germans as Seen in Coinage.

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"Excellent." -- The Reader's Review "Thomas Burns takes us thoroughly through this moment of crisis, giving us a precise analysis of the principal players in this period of transition." -- Military Illustrated "The book is well-written and throws new light on the events in the West a short while before the Fall of the Empire. Highly recommended!" -- The Journal of Indo-European Studies "With this impressive study Burns has greatly enriched late antique scholarship." -- Religious Studies Review "This is a substantial and well documented book which has reminded me that the importance of reading is not so much to absorb facts, but to take in new ideas." --Besprechungen und Anzeigen "What Burns has accomplished here is a thoroughly interesting and compelling study of late-medieval piety in one diocese. It may well serve as a model for other local historians willing to engage in this important inquiry." -- Speculum

Table of contents

Preface Introduction 1. Valentinian, Valens, and the Battle of Adrianople 2. Theodosius in Action 3. Concluding the Gothic Wars 4. Barbarians and Civil War 5. StilichoOs Transalpine Recruitment Areas 6, Four Generals 7. Alaric and Stilicho: Working Together 8. The Sack of Rome 9. The Settlement of 418: Constantine, Constantius, Athaulf, Wallia, and Rome Conclusion Emperors and Principal Usurpers Chronological Outline Notes Bibliography Index