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Transcript
Written in a clear, accessible style, The Fall of the Western Roman
Empire is a perfect introduction for newcomers to the subject,
and essential reading for undergraduate students and specialists in
archaeology and ancient history.
An Archaeological &
HISTORIC A L ENDINGS SERIES
Historical Perspective
Neil Christie is Reader in Archaeology at the School of Archaeology
and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, UK.
T H E FA L L O F the W E S T E R N R O M A N E M PI R E
T
he decline of the Roman Empire
has been a subject of fascination and debate for
centuries. In this highly original new work, Neil Christie
draws from fresh sources, interweaving the latest archaeological
evidence, to reconstruct the period’s landscape and events. In
the process, he rethinks some of historians’ most widely held and
long-established views: Was the Empire’s disintegration caused
primarily by external or internal factors? Why did the Eternal
City of Old Rome collapse in the West, while the ‘New Rome’ of
Constantinople endured in the East? What was destroyed and what
remained of Roman culture after successive invasions by Vandals,
Goths, Huns and other ‘barbarians’, and what was the impact of
the new Christian religion? As Christie expertly demonstrates, the
archaeology of the late Roman period reveals intriguing answers to
these and other questions. Taking an innovative, interdisciplinary
approach that combines traditional historical methods and a unique
familiarity with the Empire’s physical remnants, he uncovers new
aspects of Rome’s military struggles, its shifting geography, and the
everyday lives of its subjects.
www.bloomsburyacademic.com
Neil
Christie
Cover image: Courtesy Jorge Lomonaco/TrekEarth
Cover design: Jim Weaver
T HE FA L L OF
the W E S T E R N
ROM A N E M PI R E
A n A r c haeolo g i c al &
H istori c al P erspe c ti v e
· Neil Christie ·