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The Fall of the Roman Empire by Peter Heather
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Mar 01, 2009

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bookshelves: history, non-fiction, greece-rome-and-byzantium
Read from April 29 to July 07, 2010

A very sound and comprehensive review of the events that surrounded what we conventionally call the "Fall of Rome," though that makes it sound grander and more immediately significant than it was. Heather does a good job in several regards: excellent coverage and significant new thinking on the complicated relationships among the "barbarian" peoples and the role the Huns played in both barbarian and Roman strategies; very good analysis of the limited role Byzantium could play; and excellent description of the events as well as they can be known.

This is a rather long book, and the number of personal and place names can be overwhelming. But the style is breezy and occasionally funny, and that helps brighten up the very complicated storytelling involved.

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