Alaric the Goth

Alaric the Goth An Outsider's History of the Fall of Rome

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In the conventional story of Rome's collapse, violent "barbarians" destroy "civilisation". Yet from a different point of view, those stale generalities become a history shockingly alive and relevant.

Alaric grew up near the border that separated Gothic territory from the Romans. He survived the emperor's decision to separate immigrant children from their parents. Later, he was denied citizenship despite his service in the army. The three nights of riots the Goths brought to the capital in ad 410-led by Alaric- struck fear into the hearts of the powerful but were not without cause. Through Alaric's story, Douglas Boin reveals the Goths' complex and fascinating legacy in shaping the history we thought we knew but had never imagined from their perspective.

Book information

ISBN: 9780393635690
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Imprint: W.W. Norton and Company
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
DEWEY: 937.09092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 13103
Number of pages: cm
Weight: 480g
Height: 166mm
Width: 244mm
Spine width: 27mm