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Description - The Fall of Rome by Bryan Ward-Perkins

The dominant view of this period today is that the fall of Rome was a largely peaceful transition to Germanic rule, and the start of a positive cultural transformation. This book encourages readers to think again by reclaiming the drama and violence of the last days of the Roman world, and reminding us of the very real horrors of barbarian occupation.

Attacking new sources and archaeological evidence with relish, Ward-Perkins looks at both the wider explanations for the disintegration of the Roman world and also the consequences for the lives of everyday Romans, also exploring why generations have understood this period differently, and why the story is still so significant today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192807281
ISBN-10: 0192807285
Format: Paperback / softback
(196mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bryan Ward-Perkins

Bryan Ward-Perkins is a lecturer in Modern History at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in History at Trinity College. Born and brought up in Rome, he has excavated extensively in Italy, primarily sites of the immediate post-Roman period. His principal interests are in combining historical and archaeological evidence, and in understanding the transition from Roman to post-Roman times. A joint editor of The Cambridge Ancient History, vol. XIV, his previous publications include From Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, also published by Oxford University Press.