Barbarians within the Gates of Rome
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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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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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  • Hardback | 444 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • 22 Mar 1995
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253312884
  • 9780253312884

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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

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