Rome and the Barbarians, 100 B.C.-A.D. 400

Rome and the Barbarians, 100 B.C.-A.D. 400

by Thomas S. Burns
Rome and the Barbarians, 100 B.C.-A.D. 400

Rome and the Barbarians, 100 B.C.-A.D. 400

by Thomas S. Burns

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Overview

This historical analysis of Roman-Barbarian relations from the Republic into late antiquity offers a striking new perspective on the fall of the Empire.

The barbarians of antiquity, often portrayed simply as the savages who destroyed Rome, emerge in this colorful, richly textured history as a much more complex factor in the expansion, and eventual unmaking, of the Roman Empire. Thomas S. Burns marshals an abundance of archeological and literary evidence to bring forth a detailed and wide-ranging account of the relations between Romans and non-Romans along the frontiers of western Europe.

Looking at a 500-year time span beginning with early encounters between barbarians and Romans around 100 B.C. and ending with the spread of barbarian settlement in the western Empire, Burns reframes the barbarians as neighbors, friends, and settlers. His nuanced history subtly shows how Rome’s relations with the barbarians slowly evolved from general ignorance, hostility, and suspicion toward tolerance, synergy, and integration. This long period of acculturation led to a new Romano-barbarian hybrid society and culture that anticipated the values and traditions of medieval civilization.


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ISBN-13: 9780801899225
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 07/06/2009
Series: Ancient Society and History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 522
Sales rank: 533,186
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas S. Burns is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History at Emory University. His many books include The Ostrogoths: Kingship and Society; A History of the Ostrogoths; Barbarians within the Gates of Rome: Roman Military Policy and the Barbarians; and, with John W. Eadie, Urban Centers and Rural Contexts in Late Antiquity.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Sometimes Bitter Friends
Chapter 2. Recognition, Confrontation, and Coexistence
Chapter 3. Through Caesar's Eyes
Chapter 4. The Early Empire and the Barbarians: An Overview
Chapter 5. Perspectives from Pannonia
Chapter 6. The Barbarians and the "Crisis" of the Empire
Chapter 7. Barbarians and the Late Roman Empire
Epilogue
Appendix: Most Important Roman Emperors and Usurpers

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Burns brings thirty years of extensive study of the literary and archaeological evidence to bear on the nature of the impact not only that the Romans had on the barbarians but also that the barbarians had on the Romans. Fortified with a thorough exposition of the source material, meticulous analysis, and provocative suggestions, Rome and the Barbarians will take the dialogue to another level.
—Ralph W. Mathisen, University of South Carolina

Ralph W. Mathisen

Burns brings thirty years of extensive study of the literary and archaeological evidence to bear on the nature of the impact not only that the Romans had on the barbarians but also that the barbarians had on the Romans. Fortified with a thorough exposition of the source material, meticulous analysis, and provocative suggestions, Rome and the Barbarians will take the dialogue to another level.

Ralph W. Mathisen, University of South Carolina

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