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The Fall of Rome

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The fall of the Roman Empire was the denouement of a long and dramatic confrontation between powerful ideological forces and legendary men. R. A. Lafferty captures the true meaning of both, and examines the people, places, ideas and feelings that led to this epic struggle.

Rome's demise was not a simple case of fierce barbarians sacking and subduing a decadent, crumbling ci
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published 1971 by Doubleday & Company (Garden City, NY)
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Apr 27, 2015 Martin rated it it was amazing
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Sep 15, 2009 Printable Tire rated it it was amazing
“The sub-title of this study 'The Day the World Ended' is not meant to be extravagant. It was not the orbis terrarum, the globe, that ended; but the mundus, the ordered world. Mundus, as an adjective, means clean, neat, or elegant. As a noun it may mean the ornamentation, the vesture; but it also means the world. It is like the Greek cosmos which not only means the world and the universe, but likewise means the order, the arrangement, the beauty: for cosmetic, the beautifier, and cosmos, the bea ...more
Danny Adams
Aug 01, 2014 Danny Adams rated it it was amazing
I suspect a large portion of this book is a novel rather than history - or perhaps, as some have suggested, he treats history the same way the ancient Greek historians did, putting words in the mouth of Pericles but giving those words the same color as what Pericles actually said. Either way, it's an excellent book in that it gives you a good idea of what the late 4th and early 5th centuries in the crumbling Roman Empire were like, and that the so-called "barbarians" did a great deal more to pro ...more
Jesse Toldness
Dec 12, 2013 Jesse Toldness rated it it was amazing
Alright, this is, admittedly not the most accurate history of Rome ever written. Even forty-some-odd years ago, it wasn't the most accurate, and we've advanced our understandings a great deal since then. But you want to know the great secret of this book?

It doesn't matter in the slightest.

R.A. Lafferty is, no matter what you think of the stories he tells, one hell of a storyteller. This is a hypnotic, rollicking tale of a city and a man and a people and a world, and by the time you've reached th
Erik Graff
Jul 21, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: persons interested in Lafferty or in ancient Rome
Recommended to Erik by: Rick Strong
Shelves: history
R.A. Lafferty is sui generis, a science fiction writer like no other. You love him or you hate him or you, like me, are perplexed by him enough to read his bizarre novels and short stories obsessively while hating every minute of it.

R.A. Lafferty has got some peculiar take on religion. I've never read anything biographical about him, but it appears that this man was a very idiosyncratic, very serious Catholic--a factor that may, in part, explain some of his weird fictions.

This book, however, is
Mar 27, 2016 Doug rated it it was amazing
Outstanding depiction of the atmosphere and personalities of the key episode in late antiquity. This is not an academic account. There are no footnotes. What you get is a well-paced narrative that delights. I was especially struck by the drawing of Galla Placidia, and the relations between the Goths and the Romans. Great storytelling.
I didn't enjoy reading this book because i found it was poorly organized and contained a lot of information packed into only a few chapters. Therefore each sentence was expressing a new idea making this non-fictitious piece very arduous to read. If were not for school, I would not have read it.
Oliver Brackenbury
Jul 31, 2016 Oliver Brackenbury rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Upon finishing, I let out a breath you'd been holding for ten pages, and gasped "Wow!". Let me tell you, R.A. Lafferty knows how to turn history into a story as compelling as any work of fiction.

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Raphael Aloysius Lafferty, published under the name R.A. Lafferty, was an American science fiction and fantasy writer known for his original use of language, metaphor, and narrative structure, as well as for his etymological wit. He also wrote a set of four autobiographical novels, a history book, and a number of novels that could be loosely called historical fiction.
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