Sunday, February 22, 2009

Barbarian invasions!

I used to think quite a bit about barbarian invasions and the late Roman world, and I still have an interest. So imagine my delight when Jonathan Jarrett posted his notes on a seminar delivered by Peter Heather at Cambridge earlier this month. Heather is one of the foremost champions of the somewhat contested idea that there were big organized barbarian invasions and that they were significant for the Roman world's ultimate fate. If you're interested in the state of play on this issue, go have a look at an abbreviated version of Heather's arguments and Jarrett's report of skeptical rejoinders

Image: The Total War fantasy version of Barbarian Invasions from

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