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The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians

Peter Heather

Top 10 Best Quotes

“The way to a landowner's heart was to tax gently.”

“By virtue of its unbounded aggression, Roman imperialism was ultimately responsible for its own destruction.”

“Biberunt ut Gothi – ‘drinking like Goths’ – would be a proverbial expression in Italy by the sixth century.”

“The author describes the attitude of some on the frontier at Rome's twilight as exhibiting "a kind of London-in-the-blitz determination to carry on being more Roman than usual.”

“Never base motivation or fear, entirely.”

“Foreign policy often involved nothing more than the decision whom to make war upon.”

“Cultures reflect the interactions of mixed populations.”

“The most important thing for morale was to maintain a united front among the officers.”

“He was a stylist, not a thinker. He spent time trying to say things in as complicated a way as possible.”

“[W]ithin a generation, the Roman order was shaken to its core and Roman armies, as one contemporary put it, 'vanished like shadows'. In 376, a large band of Gothic refugees arrived at the Empire's Danube frontier, asking for asylum. In a complete break with established Roman policy, they were allowed in, unsubdued. They revolted, and within two years had defeated and killed the emperor Valens - the one who had received them - along with two-thirds of his army[.]”

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change, rome, barbarians, writing, assertiveness, asylum, discipleship, refugees, acculturation, aggression, divisiveness, government, leadership, power, rhetoric, overcompensation, self-discipline, multiculturalism, laissez-faire, communication, politics, discipline, revolt

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