• Title: The Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Author: Peter Heather
  • ISBN: 9780330491365
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire Peter Heather presents a history of one of the greatest and most epic mysteries the strange death of the Roman Empire
    Peter Heather presents a history of one of the greatest and most epic mysteries the strange death of the Roman Empire.

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    1. Admittedly, I have very little knowledge about the Roman Empire. This has not stopped me from creating a construct in my mind about how Rome fell. The image I’ve created is actually very simple, subtle, and elegant. First, picture a room the Coliseum. Now imagine the Coliseum filled with men, women, and goats. Everyone is naked, including the goats. Men are having sex with women. Men are having sex with men. Women are having sex with women. The goats are having sex with everyone. There is an e [...]

    2. Narrated by: Allan RobertsonLength: 21 hrs and 42 minsDescription: The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling an Empire that had dominated their lives for so long. A leading authority on the late Roman Empire and on the barbarians, Heather relates the extraordinary story o [...]

    3. This is hands down one of the best written, most entertaining and easily digested books I have ever read regarding the fall of the Roman Empire. Mr. Heather gives a reader enough back story regarding Rome and its neighbors to understand the strategic situation before he then outlines his theory of just what happened to destroy the Western Roman Empire and how it was more a gradual process than we have been led to believe. His reasoning for each point is well-thought-out and explained with just e [...]

    4. I'm trashing the majority of what I have previously written here, along with opting to round up my three-and-a-half rating to a fulsome and fully merited four; scrubbing the slate clean and making an effort to do this book some justice. Prior allusions to the Mighty Gibbon and his masterpiece are inherently unfair to Heather—he's certainly no Gibbon, but then again, who is? The fact of the matter is that the British author is a pleasant and engaging writer who suffers from spells of dryness— [...]

    5. Unless you're some sort of history nerd, the title sounds absolutely boring. I'm not a history nerd, so that's what I thought — boring! — when a friend let me borrow this book. The book was not boring. Not in the least. The book is, obviously, about how the Roman Empire "fell." The thing that makes it interesting, however, is the fact that the author, Peter Heather, takes issue with the near unanimity of historians on the causes and contributing factors of the Empire's decline. Sorry, Gibbon [...]

    6. Outstanding and detailed book created by an expert and a real authority in this field. I have been following this author for the last few years - not just his books, but also his articles in various specialist publications clearly demonstrate a mastery of this historical period. His well balanced and detailed analysis make this book a pleasure to read.

    7. The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians, by Peter HeatherThis new book by a professor at Worcester College, University of Oxford is a true gem among books covering historical subject matter. The past when covered by most books attempting to educate the reader on historical subject matter covering several hundred years often results in text book like reading without the inspirational individual efforts of the everyday citizen being included or explained. In this cas [...]

    8. So its been a decade since ive read this & though a re-read was in orderIn a nutshell. as the title is fairly self-explanatoryYou get an overview of the main players, the Romans themselves (of course), the barbarians which is basically anyone on their frontiers be it the Germanic tribes or the Persians, the Empires expansion & the impact that had on maintaining it’s borders & effective communications/orders over such vast distances (they estimated that in modern terms it would be s [...]

    9. My rating is unfair: this is a very good book, that will appeal to all kinds of readers. Heather's sentences are very readable, he tells a good story, he takes into account pretty much every factor you possibly could to explain the "fall" of the Empire (including the possibility that it wasn't a fall etc), and he addresses major scholarly debates. His case is well laid out and convincing: the fall of Rome in the west can only be understood in the context of profound changes in other parts of Eur [...]

    10. Heather covers Gibbon's old stomping grounds, but backed up w/ recent archeological finds. Heather is an expert when it comes to the various “barbarian” groups that hammered the Roman Empire. He’s probably one of best when it comes to the mysterious Huns (historians still don’t know where they came from – just educated guesses). However, Heather parts with Gibbon on the cause of Rome’s fall, seeing not so much decadence (he feels that Rome, as an Empire, was running probably as well [...]

    11. Un gran ben libro! La fine dell'impero romano d'occidente è descritta magistralmente, con una narrazione avvincente, vivace, mai noiosa (qualità rara in un saggio di storiografia) una lettura che mi ha accompagnato durante le ferie estive, facendomi dimenticare caldo e zanzare, lontano dal mare e dalla sua "caciara". Nelle lunghe e silenziose ore d'agosto sono sfilati personaggi e figuri a volte gravi e imponenti, a volte meschini e ridicoli, sanguinari e feroci di imperatori, generali, burocr [...]

    12. A fine history of the Roman empire during the 300s and 400s. Heather offers a clear, engaging narrative account of the western empire's defeat and the east's success.Arguing about the fall of (western!) Rome is an old historical chestnut, and Heather makes a passionate case for one school of thought. You see, there are two broad interpretations. Either Rome died a natural death, due to internal problems and decay, or it was murdered by outside forces, notably barbarians from central Europe and t [...]

    13. Roman generals, barbarians, and a compulsive historian to tell the taleRemember having to memorize all those dates when you were back in school? 1066, 1776, and all that? Right? So, what epochal events do you associate with the years 376, 405, 410, and 476? Give up? No, I’m not going to give you the answers. If you really want them, you can immerse yourself in the pages of Peter Heather’s The Fall of the Roman Empire. By the time you’re finished — assuming you have the stomach to get thr [...]

    14. A true paragon among history books. Lively and engaging, Peter Heather takes into account the whole picture of life in the Later Roman Empire to support all of his reasoning (much in contrast to Gibbons, say). He balances an extraordinary feel for the sweeping trends of history and the importance of the actions of particular leaders.Another one of the attractions that only sweetens the deal is the author's ability to engage in (restrained) counterfactuals. He has a great enough grasp of the mate [...]

    15. Peter Heather rescues this much-discussed topic from received opinion by taking advantage of new perspectives from such fields as archeology. His prose is also refreshingly modern, if at times a bit too chatty, in a field that too often sinks under the weight of dates, maps of barbarian "invasion", and lists of emperors. The portrait he sketches is of an empire with increasing difficulty defending its borders but always prone to transform a loss or a draw into a victory through propaganda. His t [...]

    16. Heather tells the complex story of the Fall of the Roman Empire in a writing style so accessible that you feel like he is talking to you.He clearly presents his thesis (oversimplification: there was no "decline". There was a loss in revenue when North Africa was lost. Barbarians eroded the western empire and a disastrous armada to get Africa back nailed the coffin) so that lay people can understand it. When he presents evidence he also notes what is missing from the evidence, or how reliable/unr [...]

    17. Heather does a good job at putting order to the significant chaos that is the last 150 years of western Roman history. Illuminating in places, providing some excellent analysis and is a worthy exemplar of historical scholarship that can be both engaging and informative.I'm not informed enough to debate the historiography present, but for someone who knew nothing about the collapse of the (western) Roman Empire, this book is a godsend.Bloody immigrants. Nick Griffin would love the idea that weste [...]

    18. I thought this was excellent. The author's view is that the Western empire fell because the Germanic tribes had had gained greater and greater cohesion and sophistication through three hundred years of interaction with the Romans. So when they were pushed west, and into the empire itself, by the movement of the Huns towards the end of the 4th century, they were able to profit at the expense of the central Roman tax base to such a degree that the empire could no longer contain them effectively.

    19. Jasny, doskonale uargumentowany i napisany wywód o przyczynach upadku zachodniego Imperium Rzymskiego. Heather stoi w opozycji do teorii, że Imperium upadło pod wpływem czynników wewnętrznych. Przekonał mnie, że przyczyną upadku były przede wszystkim czynniki zewnętrzne (najazdy "barbarzyńców głównie). Ale przede wszystkim była to dla mnie okazja, aby pozbyć się luk w wiedzy na temat tej części historii Europy.

    20. There were undoubtedly huge internal problems in the Roman empire by the time of the fifth century, not the least of which was the logistical problem of actually knowing what was going on several hundred miles away in a world without any of the apparatus of modern communication. Equally, there were ongoing military pressures such as those created by the Sassanian Persians which tied up huge resources of manpower on a permanent basis. Finally, there was the insoluble problem of succession and the [...]

    21. A book by a historian for the historian which made it a bit tough for aficionados like me. But I am glad I persevered as slowly a complete image of the fall of Rome developed over the pages. Rome fell slowly over a prolonged period of time because its martial strength eroded as the barbarians took over control of its tax generating colonies. But I was more intrigued how the battered and bruised elite landed class families were able to sustain their power for such a long time. Their weapons for c [...]

    22. For centuries scholars have argued that it was the decline of Roman civilization, it's moral and political corruption that lead to the fall of the Roman Empire. Heather argues that a closer look at the historical records, land surveys and archeological finds; shows that it was the wave of refugees that fled the Huns, and then the Huns themselves that toppled the delicate balance of rewards for the land-owning elites. Without the steady supplies and patronage loops, local elites turned the very t [...]

    23. Initially, I used this book as a sleep aide. Gradually, however the author's down to earth turn of phrase won me over. Although an academic tome by almost any standard, he brings life to this civilization that managed to survive as a nation state for half a millenium. Any question about Heather's depth of preparation is quickly put to rest when the citations compose more than 10% of the 570 pages.From high school, my impression was that decadence of the society led to its eventual downfall. This [...]

    24. Professor Heather has given us a detailed, well-researched, and well-argued history of the late Western Roman Empire and the various influences that led to its decline and fall. Like many readers, I entered this history with relatively little knowledge of this era in European history (apart from the broad strokes I was taught in school). "Barbarian invasion" always meant "rampaging army" and I had no idea of the economic impact these various "invasions" had on the Western empire. Heather lays al [...]

    25. Since I hadn’t visited Toynbee’s work since college, I went into this book with a very narrow agenda. I wanted to brush up on why empires fail? What I got out of the book was orders of magnitude more. For sure the book answered my narrow question. Very briefly (with the inevitably distortion of oversimplification), the Roman Empire failed because:1. The rise of the Huns put too much pressure on Roman military and financial resources.2. The rise of the Huns pushed armed groups of refugees int [...]

    26. An excellent book, Heather does a good job reaffirming and further proving that the Roman empire collapsed due to large scale barbarian invasions, led primarily by Germanic tribes (pushed across the Rhine by the Huns) who united and reformed into cohesive, advanced groups over the centuries. Their cohesion, of course, being driven by Rome's aggressive imperial expansion and policies towards them; thus they created their own destroyers.It's a nice contradiction to the peaceful assimilation theori [...]

    27. This is a thoroughly exciting narrative and analysis of the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Throughout, Heather displays a firm grasp of the complex relationship between the Romans and the barbarian hordes that would ultimately destroy the empire. He also analyzes the arguments of other historians on this era and systematically shoots down their arguments with firm evidence and convincing conjecture. An added plus to this narrative is that he attempts to leave nothing out. On an era that is so [...]

    28. Main thesis of this book is that - contrary to Gibbon's bestseller - the Roman Empire has not fallen due to moral decay. Heather disagrees that Christians should be held responsible for the imperial decline.Until the late 4th century AD, both the Roman tax system and army were intact. It had to contain the Persian threat but this seemed under control by 300 AD.But the mishandling of the Gothic exposure at the battle of Adrianople (378 AD) has triggered numerous Germanic invasions (Burgundians (c [...]

    29. On a whole, I enjoyed this book and found Heather to be reasonably competent at justifying his arguments. Despite this, I did have two fairly significant issues with the book. First off, Heather's writing is neither exceptionally engaging nor particularly consistent. On a whole, the experience of reading The Fall of the Roman Empire was slow--what was being discussed was interesting, but how it was presented did not always match this. Tonally, the book was generally "academic". However, there we [...]

    30. Цікавий твір про причини занепаду Західної частини Римської імперії. Автор намагається довести, що попри суттєві внутрішні проблеми у цій держави, її розпад відбувся, все таки. через зовнішні чинники. Насамперед, через військову експансію германських племен і держав.

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