THE DAY OF THE BARBARIANS
The First Battle in the Fall of the Roman Empire

ALESSANDRO BARBERO
192pp 2007 OUT OF PRINT G304

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In 378, at Adrianople in the province of Thrace, the Roman Empire began to fall. Two years earlier, a flood of refugees from the East Germanic tribe known as the Goths had arrived at the Empire's eastern border, seeking admittance. Gradually forming an army, the barbarian horde inflicted on Emperor Valens the most disastrous defeat suffered by the Roman army since Hannibal's victory at Cannae almost 600 years earlier. The Empire did not actually fall for another century, but this battle signalled nothing less than the end of the ancient world and the start of the Middle Ages. Barbero here vividly recreates the conflict and events leading up to it, bringing alive leaders and common soldiers alike.
The most lucid, comprehensive and balanced narrative of the battle in years . . . an extremely thorough commentary. SPECTATOR