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Lost to the West by Lars Brownworth
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Oct 31, 2009

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In LOST TO THE WEST Brownworth argues that Rome didn't fall in 410 AD, the opinion of most historians, but that the center of the Roman Empire just moved, to Constantinople, where it survived through the Middle Ages. Despite a contrary view to most takes on Roman history, Brownworth's text is an entertaining read, as light as a documentary on the History Channel.

The antics and incest of the Roman royals out-do any telenovella for drama, but most interesting to me is the portrait of early Christianity. In a readable style, the book charts the Church's growth from a small organization of no account to its tenuous position as the official Church of Rome. The political conflicts between the off-shoot Christian factions are just as thrilling as the Roman Empire's battles with barbarians hordes and Persian armies.

Though not for hardcore historians, those with an interest in ancient history and early Church history will no doubt enjoy LOST TO THE WEST.
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