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Theodosius: The Empire at Bay
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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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
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.