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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 Formation of Post-Roman Society

The Formation of Post-Roman Society

(p.41) 2 The Formation of Post-Roman Society
Empires of Faith

Peter Sarris

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines in greater detail the barbarian invasions of the fifth century, looking at evidence for the size of invading armies and the impact of the invasions on Roman provincial society. The factors that shaped and fashioned ‘barbarian’ identity are examined, and emphasis is placed on the extent to which co-operative and symbiotic relations gradually emerged between the leaders of the barbarians and members of the provincial Roman aristocracies. The implications of this development for members of the peasantry are then examined, and emphasis is placed on the impact of the fading away of the Roman state on economic and monetary conditions.

Keywords:   Romans, Barbarians, aristocrats, state, social and economic conditions, peasantry

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