The Vandals

The Vandals

By (author) Andrew Merrills , By (author) Richard Miles

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The Vandals is the first book available in the English Language dedicated to exploring the sudden rise and dramatic fall of this complex North African Kingdom. This complete history provides a full account of the Vandals and re-evaluates key aspects of the society including: Political and economic structures such as the complex foreign policy which combined diplomatic alliances and marriages with brutal raiding The extraordinary cultural development of secular learning, and the religious struggles that threatened to tear the state apart The nature of Vandal identity from a social and gender perspective.

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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 28mm | 698.53g
  • 08 Mar 2010
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 1405160683
  • 9781405160681
  • 1,236,277

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Andy Merrills is an RCUK Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester. His work has focused largely upon the history of late Antique North Africa and upon geographical thought within the classical and medieval worlds. He is author of History and Geography in Late Antiquity (2005) and editor of Vandals, Romans and Berbers: New Perspectives on Late Antique North Africa (2004). Richard Miles is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. His research has centred primarily upon the history and archaeology of Punic, Roman and late Antique North Africa. He is author of African Hercules: The Rise and Fall of Carthage (2009), and editor of Constructing Identities in Late Antiquity (1999).

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"...Andy Merrills and Richard Miles have done us a great service with this clear, erudite, and engaging study." ( Melbourne Historical Journal, 1 December 2012)

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"The Vandals" is the first book available in the English Language dedicated to exploring the sudden rise and dramatic fall of this complex North African Kingdom. Today, the Vandals are remembered primarily as a metaphor for violent and uncultured destruction, but as the Roman Empire came to an end, the Vandals began to exert considerable influence, occupying Carthage and establishing one of the richest kingdoms of the early medieval world. This complete history provides a full account of the Vandals and re-evaluates key aspects of the society including political and economic structures; the complex foreign policy which combined diplomatic alliances and marriages with brutal raiding; the extraordinary cultural development of secular learning; the religious struggles that threatened to tear the state apart; and the nature of Vandal identity, examined from a social and gender perspective. Drawing upon new archaeological findings, as well as textual evidence, the authors present a provocative reinterpretation of this long-forgotten chapter of late antiquity.

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