The Ruin of the Roman Empire

The Ruin of the Roman Empire Author James J O'Donnell
ISBN-10 9781847653963
Year 2011-05-26
Pages 768
Language en
Publisher Profile Books

What really marked the end of the Roman Empire? James O'Donnell's magnificent new book takes us back to the sixth century and the last time the Empire could be regarded as a single community. Two figures dominate his narrative - Theodoric the 'barbarian', whose civilized rule in Italy with his philosopher minister Boethius might have been an inspiration, and in Constantinople Justinian, who destroyed the Empire with his rigid passion for orthodoxy and his restless inability to secure his frontiers with peace. The book closes with Pope Gregory the Great, the polished product of ancient Roman schools, presiding over a Rome in ruins.

The Ruin of the Roman Empire

The Ruin of the Roman Empire Author James J. O'Donnell
ISBN-10 9780061982460
Year 2009-10-06
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins

The dream Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar shared of uniting Europe, the Medi-terranean, and the Middle East in a single community shuddered and then collapsed in the wars and disasters of the sixth century. Historian and classicist James J. O'Donnell—who last brought readers his masterful, disturbing, and revelatory biography of Saint Augustine—revisits this old story in a fresh way, bringing home its sometimes painful relevance to today's issues. With unexpected detail and in his hauntingly vivid style, O'Donnell begins at a time of apparent Roman revival and brings readers to the moment of imminent collapse that just preceded the rise of Islam. Illegal migrations of peoples, religious wars, global pandemics, and the temptations of empire: Rome's end foreshadows today's crises and offers hints how to navigate them—if present leaders will heed this story.

The Ruin of the Roman Empire

The Ruin of the Roman Empire Author James J. O'Donnell
ISBN-10 9780060787370
Year 2008-09-16
Pages 436
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins

Recounts the sixth-century events and circumstances that led to the fall of the Roman Empire.

The Ruin of Roman Britain

The Ruin of Roman Britain Author James Gerrard
ISBN-10 9781107038639
Year 2013-10-10
Pages 361
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Employs new archaeological and historical evidence to explain how and why Roman Britain became Anglo-Saxon England.

At the Ruin of the World

At the Ruin of the World Author John Henry Clay
ISBN-10 9781444761399
Year 2015-05-07
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK

A.D. 448. The Roman Empire is crumbling. The Emperor is weak. Countless Romans live under the rule of barbarian kings. Politicians scheme and ambitious generals vie for power. Then from the depths of Germany arises an even darker threat: Attila, King of the Huns, gathering his hordes and determined to crush Rome once and for all. In a time of danger and deception, where every smile conceals betrayal and every sleeve a dagger, three young people hold onto the dream that Rome can be made great once more. But as their fates collide, they find themselves forced to survive in a world more deadly than any of them could ever have imagined. What can they possibly do to save the Empire, or themselves, from destruction?


Libya Author Ginette di Vita-Evrard
ISBN-10 UOM:39015049494308
Year 1999
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Konemann

Brings to life a group of Greco-Roman cities long lost under the desert sands of North Africa. The discoveries of these sites offer a unique view of both Africa and the Greco-Roman world.

Roads and Ruins

Roads and Ruins Author Paul Baxa
ISBN-10 9780802099952
Year 2010
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher University of Toronto Press

In the 1930s, the Italian Fascist regime profoundly changed the landscape of Rome's historic centre, demolishing buildings and displacing thousands of Romans in order to display the ruins of the pre-Christian Roman Empire. This transformation is commonly interpreted as a failed attempt to harmonize urban planning with Fascism's ideological exaltation of the Roman Empire. Roads and Ruins argues that the chaotic Fascist cityscape, filled with traffic and crumbling ruins, was in fact a reflection of the landscape of the First World War. In the radical interwar transformation of Roman space, Paul Baxa finds the embodiment of the Fascist exaltation of speed and destruction, with both roads and ruins defining the cultural impulses at the heart of the movement. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, including war diaries, memoirs, paintings, films, and government archives, Roads and Ruins is a richly textured study that offers an original perspective on a well known story.

The Ruin of the Eternal City

The Ruin of the Eternal City Author David Karmon
ISBN-10 0199766894
Year 2011-06-09
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher OUP USA

The Ruin of the Eternal City provides the first systematic analysis of the preservation practices of the popes, civic magistrates, and ordinary citizens of Renaissance Rome. This study offers a new understanding of historic preservation as it occurred during the extraordinary rebuilding of a great European capital city.

Kingdoms of Ruin

Kingdoms of Ruin Author Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch
ISBN-10 9781845117993
Year 2010-06-15
Pages 233
Language en
Publisher I.B. Tauris

Combining informed historical analysis with exquisite photography, Kingdoms of Ruin comprises a unique celebration of some the most inspiring archaeological remains on earth. This lavishly illustrated book will be an essential purchase and an object of lasting delight for historians of antiquity and armchair enthusiasts alike --Book Jacket.

Are We Rome

Are We Rome Author Cullen Murphy
ISBN-10 0618742220
Year 2007
Pages 262
Language en
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Offers a compelling study that compares modern-day America to the rise and fall of ancient Rome, offering a series of warnings, nuanced lessons, and thought-provoking strategies designed to avoid the Roman Empire's fate.

The Later Roman Empire

The Later Roman Empire Author Ammianus Marcellinus
ISBN-10 0140444068
Year 1986
Pages 506
Language en
Publisher Penguin

A fourth century army officer recounts the history of Rome during the reigns of Constantius, Julian, Jovian, Valentinian and Valens

Rome and Jerusalem

Rome and Jerusalem Author Martin Goodman
ISBN-10 9780307544360
Year 2008-12-24
Pages 624
Language en
Publisher Vintage

A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem. Martin Goodman—equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies—examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness. He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural, political, and religious beliefs and practices of the two peoples and explains how Rome's interests were served by a policy of brutality against the Jews. At the same time, Christians began to distance themselves from their origins, becoming increasingly hostile toward Jews as Christian influence spread within the empire. This is the authoritative work of how these two great civilizations collided and how the reverberations are felt to this day. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and Their Decline

Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and Their Decline Author Charles de Secondat Montesquieu
ISBN-10 0872204979
Year 1999-01-01
Pages 243
Language en
Publisher Hackett Publishing Company Incorporated

"It is wonderful to have David Lowenthal's splendid translation of Montesquieu's Considerations on the Causes of The Greatness of the Romans and Their Decline back in print. This neglected masterpiece deserves attention from all who are concerned with self-government -- whether their focus is on its history or on its prospects in our own time." -- Paul A Rahe, Jay P Walker Professor of History, University of Tulsa.

The Empire Stops Here

The Empire Stops Here Author Philip Parker
ISBN-10 9781845950033
Year 2010-06-01
Pages 656
Language en
Publisher Random House

The Roman Empire was the largest and most enduring of the ancient world. From its zenith under Augustus and Trajan in the first century AD to its decline and fall amidst the barbarian invasions of the fifth century, the Empire guarded and maintained a frontier that stretched for 5,000 kilometres, from Carlisle to Cologne, from Augsburg to Antioch, and from Aswan to the Atlantic. Far from being at the periphery of the Roman world, the frontier played a crucial role in making and breaking emperors, creating vibrant and astonishingly diverse societies along its course which pulsed with energy while the centre became enfeebled and sluggish. This remarkable new book traces the course of those frontiers, visiting all its astonishing sites, from Hadrian's Wall in the north of Britain to the desert cities of Palmyra and Leptis Magna. It tells the fascinating stories of the men and women who lived and fought along it, from Alaric the Goth, who descended from the Danube to sack Rome in 410, to Zenobia the desert queen, who almost snatched the entire eastern provinces from Rome in the third century. It is at their edges, in time and geographical extent, that societies reveal their true nature, constantly seeking to recreate and renew themselves. In this examination of the places that the mighty Roman Empire stopped expanding, Philip Parker reveals how and why the Empire endured for so long, as well as describing the rich and complex architectural and cultural legacy which it has bequeathed to us.