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Empires of FaithThe Fall of Rome to the Rise of Islam, 500-700$
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Peter Sarris

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261260.001.0001

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The World that had been Rome

The World that had been Rome

(p.4) 1 The World that had been Rome
Empires of Faith

Peter Sarris

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the development of the Roman world in the period leading up to the demise of Roman political and military power in the West in the fifth century. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of Roman social and economic institutions, Roman concepts of identity and gender, the ideology and culture of the Roman elite, and the critical military vulnerability of the empire to events beyond the Rhine and Danube across the world of the West Eurasian Steppe. The military crisis resultant from Hunnic expansion in the fifth century is then charted, as is the failure of the empire’s military response.

Keywords:   Rome, imperialism, ideology, society, barbarians, invasions

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