The Fall of the Western Roman Empire: Archaeology, History and the Decline of Rome by Neil ChristieThe Fall of the Western Roman Empire: Archaeology, History and the Decline of Rome by Neil Christie

The Fall of the Western Roman Empire: Archaeology, History and the Decline of Rome

byNeil Christie

Hardcover | July 1, 2011

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The decline of the Roman Empire has been a subject of fascination and debate for centuries. In this original new work, Neil Christie draws on numerous sources, interweaving the latest archaeological evidence, to reconstruct the period's landscape and events. In the process, he rethinks some of historians' most widely held and long-established views: Was the Empire's disintegration caused primarily by external or internal factors? Why did the Eternal City of Old Rome collapse in the West, while the 'New Rome' of Constantinople endured in the East? What was destroyed and what remained of Roman culture after successive invasions by Vandals, Goths, Huns and other 'barbarians', and what was the impact of the new Christian religion? As Christie expertly demonstrates, the archaeology of the late Roman period reveals intriguing answers to these and other questions. Taking an innovative, interdisciplinary approach that combines traditional historical methods and a unique familiarity with the Empire's physical remnants, he uncovers new aspects of Rome's military struggles, its shifting geography, and the everyday lives of its subjects. Written in a clear, accessible style, The Fall of the Western Roman Empire is a perfect introduction for newcomers to the subject, and essential reading for undergraduate students and specialists in archaeology and ancient history.
Dr. Neil Christie is Reader in Archaeology, School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester, UK. His principal research interests are the history and archaeology of Italy and the Western Mediterranean. He has researched and taught in Italy and the UK.
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Title:The Fall of the Western Roman Empire: Archaeology, History and the Decline of RomeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 27 inPublished:July 1, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: Questioning Decline in the Late Roman West 1 The Fall of the Late Roman West: Contexts of Change, AD 200-500 2 Defending the Late Roman West I: Armies, Commanders and Enemies 3 Defending the Late Roman West II: Frontiers, Forts and Towns 4 Towns and Urban Society in the Late Empire 5 Three Capitals of the West: Rome, Milan, Ravenna 6 Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman West 7 Communications, Trade and Land 8 The Ends of Rome in the West Conclusions: An Empire Lost and Transformed Bibliography Index

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A gripping and readable account... a thought-provoking book that more than meets the challenge of moving on from Gibbon.