The Fall of the Roman Empire
The fall of the Roman Empire has always been regarded as one of the most significant transformations in the whole of human history. A hundred years before it occurred, Rome was an immense power defended by an invincible army. A hundred years later, the power and the army had vanished. The Fall of the Roman Empire succinctly describes the invasions from outside -- and the w...more
It seems a little odd to say that the book is about the fall of the Roman empire because the contrast between the fall of the western half and survival of the eastern half is only explicitly made in a short appendix. Rather it is an essay on the role of disunity in the eventual end of the western half of the empire.
This disunity is explore...more
Had the Western Romans in Gibbons opinion really become pygimies?
Or had the need for a central capital and Emperor become obsolete?
Grant deals with various reasons
1. Religion and the affect pasive christainity had on the Empir...more