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Goths and Romans AD 332-489 (Oxford Historical Monographs) Hardcover – January 30, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0198202349 ISBN-10: 0198202342 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 30, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198202342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198202349
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A masterful account."--The Historian


"Providing an account of this period, especially the fifth-century segment, is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle that lacks at least two-thirds of its pieces. Heather is skilled at joining the pieces that fit. Complicated, poorly documented sequences...are ably reconstructed....A major work whose findings merit serious attention."--American Historical Review


"This is a significant book for specialists and can be read with profit by non-specialists interested in the period. Classroom teachers in schools and colleges will appreciate the consistent and thematic development and the careful effort at estimating the size of populations and forces involved."--The Classical Outlook, Winter 1994


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Williams on February 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Although originally published nearly a decade and a half ago, Dr. Heather's assessment of this period of Romano-Gothic interaction is at the top of the field and remains directly applicable to any serious study of the topic.

Dr. Heather approaches this important Late Antique topic, which has not been adequately studied by English speaking scholars in my opinion, by offering a detailed critique of the primary sources that we are forced to use in our attempt to recreate the history of the Goths. He constantly reminds us that Gothic history, for the most part, was written by Roman authors who viewed them merely as barbarians. In addition, Dr. Heather forces us to consider also the reliability of our written sources in attempting to create a plausible historical narrative.

Beginning with the reign of Constantine the Great, Dr. Heather attempts to show that Roman interactions with Goths followed a well-established pattern that modified due to factors outside their relationship, like the introduction of the Huns in the steppe region. With this in mind, he offers a very reliable recreation of the time period with regard to imperial policy, especially the reigns of Theodosius the Great and Arcadius, although his analysis is necessarily skewed towards the more important regions in the East.

Dr. Heather's analysis of the Goths is necessarily weakened by a lack of contemporary sources dealing directly with the Goths in the mid fifth century, when the Goths assimilated into the Hun Empire of Attila. But it picks up and argues persuasively regarding the rise of Theodoric and his approach towards Italy in 489.

Overall, very well researched (modified from an Oxford DPhil dissertation), reliable, and perhaps the most authoritative monograph produced on the topic in English.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Even with a background in classical studies, I've always been much more interested in the supposed "barbarians" who gave the Greeks and the Romans so much trouble, especially the Visigoths and the Franks -- perhaps because I have all sorts of Gothic, Frankish, and Celtic DNA in me. Like so many studies of this type, Heather's work began as his doctoral thesis on the effects of the Goths on the empire of Rome, especially in Greece and the southern Balkans, where the Goths first ran into the Romans and the Amalring family began to reach its greatest power. He was also interested in looking more closely at the history of the Goths written c.550 by a scholar named Jordanes, of whom almost nothing is known -- but whom Heather is convinced was more of a publicist than an uninterested historian. Not a bad supposition for any writer of that period, actually. But since every writer on the Goths and their motivations and actions since then has been based very heavily on Jordanes, reevaluating his influence has probably far-reaching consequences. Along the way, though, the author was pulled off course by his growing fascination with the Goths themselves, and this study takes him places he hadn't expected to go. The result is to see the Gothic invaders (or militant migrants) as a people who might have blended more easily than most into the Roman world and its seductive culture, but whose ruling clans made sure their people retained their self-identity. This was especially true of those Goths who joined with Attila in the 5th Century. In fact, it is due probably to the continued influence of the Amals and the Balthi that we even consider the Goths an important and separate people. For a thoroughly scholarly work heavily laden with footnotes, this is still a very readable work and I can recommend it to anyone who shares my interest in Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval period.
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It's a very good text written by whom can be rated presently as the best specialist in English language of the decline and fall of the Roman empire.This book- the first in a serial of three - focus the saga of the Goths and thier role in the final collapse of the western part of the Roman empire Readers who appreciated the classic Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman empire" will easily consider prof. Heather as probably the best of Gibbon's heirs.
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