Alaric the Goth: An Outsider’s History of the Fall of Rome

Douglas Boin

Format: Hardback

Publisher: WW Norton & Co

Published: 10-07-2020


The first biography of Alaric to appear in English tells the history of the fourth-and fifth-century Roman Empire through the life of the Goth who attacked it.

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In the conventional story of Rome’s collapse, violent “barbarians” destroy “civilisation”. Yet from a different point of view, those stale generalities become a history shockingly alive and relevant. Alaric grew up near the border that separated Gothic territory from the Romans. He survived the emperor’s decision to separate immigrant children from their parents. Later, he was denied citizenship despite his service in the army. The three nights of riots the Goths brought to the capital in ad 410-led by Alaric- struck fear into the hearts of the powerful but were not without cause. Through Alaric’s story, Douglas Boin reveals the Goths’ complex and fascinating legacy in shaping the history we thought we knew but had never imagined from their perspective.

Additional information

Weight 0.473 kg
Dimensions 25 × 163 × 244 mm
Page Count 272