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The Enemies of Rome : From Hannibal to Attila the Hun - Philip Matyszak

The Enemies of Rome

From Hannibal to Attila the Hun

Hardcover Published: 17th November 2004
ISBN: 9780500251249
Number Of Pages: 296

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A groundbreaking assessment of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, told from the point of view of the peoples vanquished by Rome. Until recently, it was assumed that Rome carried the torch of civilization into the barbarian darkness, bringing law, architecture, and literature to conquered peoples. The alternative view now suggests that many of Rome's enemiesthe Celts, Hebrews, and Phoenicians, for examplewere developing civilizations in their own right before obliteration at the Roman sword. Indeed, as Philip Matyszak argues, had Rome not crushed rivals so completely, the drop into the Dark Ages might not have occurred; at Rome's collapse, no other powerful civilizations remained to absorb the impact. This book looks at the growth and eventual demise of Rome from the viewpoint of those vanquished by Rome. They varied from the highly cultivated Greeks and Egyptians to wild and rebellious Britons and Germans, to the Asiatic empires of the Persians and Parthians. Their leaders were driven by ambition, vindictive hatred, fear, political calculation, or naked greed. Some fought to preserve their heritage, some for personal survival, and others from a warrior's love of battle. Defying the might of Rome was a dangerous business, and few of the men and women described here died in their beds. Some, like Vercingetorix and Jugurtha, were captured, exhibited in triumph, and then, while their conquerors sat down to a festive dinner, killed in the dungeons below. Rather than face such an end, some of Rome's greatest adversaries, including Hannibal, Boudicca, and Cleopatra, killed themselves. Here is the reality behind legends such as Spartacus the gladiator, and the stories of Shapur the conqueror and Mithridates the connoisseur of poisons. Some enemies of Rome were noble heroes, others were murdering villains, but each has a unique and fascinating story. 80 illustrations.

Truly fascinating and superbly written.... A highly recommended addition.

Hannibalp. 20
Philip Vp. 44
Viriathusp. 54
Jugurthap. 63
Mithridatesp. 81
Spartacusp. 94
Vercingetorixp. 115
Orodes IIp. 128
Cleopatrap. 140
Arminiusp. 164
Boudiccap. 178
Josephusp. 191
Decebalusp. 213
Shapurip. 232
Zenobiap. 244
Alaricp. 256
Attilap. 270
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ISBN: 9780500251249
ISBN-10: 050025124X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 17th November 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.5  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.76
Edition Number: 1