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The Rome that Did Not Fall: The Survival of the East in the Fifth Century Hardcover – December 22, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0415154031 ISBN-10: 0415154030 Edition: Ill

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Ill edition (December 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415154030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415154031
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,292,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Williams is a freelance writer and until recently was Head of Public Relations at English Heritage. Gerard Friell works for English Heritage as Inspector of Ancient Monuments with particular responsiblity for Hadrian's Wall. They are the authors of Theodosius: The Empire at Bay.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 9, 2012
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Review first posted on Amazon.co.uk on 27 November 2011

This book was first published in 1999 and was written by Friell and Williams, who are also the authors of an excellent study of Theodosius the Great's reign and of the challenges that the Empire faced. Williams is also the author of an even older biography (1985) of the great (but very much maligned by the Christian Church) Diocletian which, in my view at least, remains one of the best to date.

This book is just as good as the two that I have just mentioned. It tackles, successfully, the difficult question of understanding why it was the Western part of the Roman Empire that fell whereas the Eastern part and its capital Constantinople (the "new Rome") survived for almost a thousand years and became the Byzantine Empire. I won't get into the specifics because I don't want to introduce any spoilers. However, this book has the same qualities as the one on Theodosius and is just as fascinating to read.

It is well-structured, with multiple maps and notes and careful discussion of the main themes presented in five parts and mostly following the timeline of the 5th century. The exception is the very interesting third part which compares and contrasts the military and financial resources, the economies and tax bases and the power structure of the two halfs of the Empire. The West was poorer and less populated than the East and this made a significant difference, especially after the loss of Africa, its richest province. As a result of Theodosius' civil wars, it also started off the 5th century with the weakest (in quality) of the two armies which seems to have been also reduced by Theodosius with transfers to the benfit of the Eastern half.
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