The author is a prolific and highly respected writer on the subject of ancient history and in particular of the final years of the Roman Empire. This book provides many fresh insights and shows how the Western and Eastern Empires cooperated to the benefit of the European future. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Military History of Late Rome, 425-457 FILE: R3249 AUTHOR: Ilkka Syvanne PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Roman Empire, Roman Republic, Western Rome, Eastern Rome, tactics, strategy,allies, cooperation, Attila, Huns, equipment, training, logistics, barbarians, Rome, Constantinople ISBN: 1-84884-853-6 PAGES: 180 IMAGE: B3249.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y5j9sl6g LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The author is a prolific and highly respected writer on the subject of ancient history and in particular of the final years of the Roman Empire. This book provides many fresh insights and shows how the Western and Eastern Empires cooperated to the benefit of the European future. – Most Highly Recommended
The period of Roman history that is most popular is the period from the Republic and its replacement by Empire. It was the period where Rome expanded its control and influence into an Empire that covered most of the known world. This has created the image of the Roman Legionary, armoured heavy infantry fighting with great discipline. The final years of the Roman Empire are far less well known but of at least equal importance and, in several respects, the most fascinating.
The ability of Rome to defend its extensive borders led to the withdrawal of the Legions to Rome, but that did not halt the incursions by the barbarian hordes. Rome split into two Empires and, by the end of the fifth century, the Western Empire was losing its ability to survive. The Eastern Empire however continued to flourish into the eleventh century with the history between being largely ignored. Only the final years of the Eastern Empire have attracted much attention and then only through the prism of the Crusades as Western European Crusaders who used Constantinople as their launching site to Jerusalem and their ill-treatment of the Byzantines.
The author has covered period where the Western Roman Empire was still able to cooperate with the Eastern Roman Empire and provide a block on the Huns. This period saved Western Europe and allowed it to recover into new ages. With a form of Roman Empire becoming established by the warrior Kings who emerged, notably by Charlemagne, leading a Christian Roman Empire.
The well-researched and clear text is very ably supported by excellent illustration through the body of the book, and by a fascinating colour plate section. This is an entertaining, enjoyable and important contribution to our knowledge of Roman history