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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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    Title
    How Rome Fell
    Subtitle
    Death of a Superpower
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Research Fellow Adrian Goldsworthy
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 531
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 962 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300137194
    ISBN 10: 0300137192
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 937
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 937
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    DC22: 937/.09
    LC classification: DG311 .G565 2009
    Illustrations note
    maps, black & white plates
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    12 May 2009
    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.
    Review quote
    "Goldsworthy is not the first historian to note the self-destructiveness of Roman imperial and military institutions. He has, however, provided one of the most penetrating and well-written analyses of how this dysfunction led to the fall of the Roman Empire."--Daniel P. Murphy, "Magill's Literary Annual 2010"--Daniel P. Murphy "Magill's Literary Annual 2010 "