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    DescriptionIn 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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    How Rome Fell
    Death of a Superpower
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Research Fellow Adrian Goldsworthy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 531
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300164268
    ISBN 10: 0300164262

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
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    DC22: 937
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    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 937/.09
    LC classification: DG311 .G565 2009
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    Illustrations note
    maps, charts, black & white plates
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    28 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    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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    "Goldsworthy . . . claims the empire''s fatal move was to make the centre of authority-Rome and its experienced senatorial government-irrelevant. . . . Goldsworthy''s expertise guarantees his clearly and powerfully articulated thesis will open up the debate all over again." -- Peter Jones "Telegraph" (06/07/2009)