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The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History

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A book by James J. O'donnell

The Roman empire was not invaded by barbarians in the fifth century, says classical historian O'Donnell. Rather, these tribes—Visigoths, Vandals and others—were refugees who crossed into the empire in search of a place to settle. These migrants … see full wiki

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Author: James J. O'donnell
Publisher: Ecco
2 reviews about The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History
review by . August 01, 2010
makes an important argument, but doesn't do it very well. I've read many academic books about ancient Rome, but this is by far the least comprehensible. James J. O'Donnell, the Provost at my former university, just doesn't have a knack for good storytelling and seems to lose focus too easily. Of the book's 400 pages, only about 150 actually focus on O'Donnell's argument that Rome fell not in 476, but rather because of the failure of Theodoric and ambitions of Justinian. …
review by . August 01, 2010
makes an important argument, but doesn't do it very well. I've read many academic books about ancient Rome, but this is by far the least comprehensible. James J. O'Donnell, the Provost at my former university, just doesn't have a knack for good storytelling and seems to lose focus too easily. Of the book's 400 pages, only about 150 actually focus on O'Donnell's argument that Rome fell not in 476, but rather because of the failure of Theodoric and ambitions of Justinian. The rest of the book is filled …
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