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Theodosius: The Empire at Bay

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Theodosius I was the last Roman emperor to rule over both East and West. After the military disaster of Adrianople he had to rebuild the state by adopting a new policy of cooperation with the barbarians. He also suppressed paganism and established a unified Catholic Church by law. His reign was a turning point in the history of the late Roman Empire. The authors describe t ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published February 22nd 1995 by Yale University Press (first published 1994)
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Ivan Soto
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful narrative of the latter times of the Western Roman Empire and about one of its outstanding emperors. The narrative includes the assassination of one of the most faithful barbarian-heritage servers of Rome: Stilicho, as well as one of the most treacherous barbarian one-time servers of Rome: Alaric. Arbogastes and his Western-Empire-usurping agent Eugenius met their end when they lost the Battle of the Frigidus in early September AD 394. The narrative gives us a clear idea of the power t ...more
Jonathan
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The authors style of writing flows very well, no real dry points if you are interested in this period. I appreciated how he addressed the cavalry myth that resulted from Adrianople and does a good job of examining the entire political and military situation of the time.
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