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The Fall of Rome


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1: Did Rome Ever Fall? Part One: The Fall of Rome 2: The Horrors of War 3: The Road to Defeat 4: Living Under the New Masters Part Two: The End of a Civilization 5: The Disappearance of Comfort 6: Why the Demise of Comfort? 7: The Death of a Civilization? 8: All for the Best in the Best of All Possible Worlds? Appendix: From Potsherds to People Chronology Notes Bibliography

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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.


Teasingly stimulating, acutely critical, abundantly constructive, and certain to unleash endless debate. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, author of Civilizations and Millennium This hard-hitting and beautifully written assessment will, I am delighted to say, cause a great deal of trouble. The Sunday Telegraph

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