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  • Title: Stilicho: The Vandal Who Saved Rome
  • Author: Ian Hughes
  • ISBN: 9781844159697
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The period of history in which Stilicho lived was one of the most turbulent in European history The Western Empire was finally giving way under pressure from external threats, especially from Germanic tribes crossing the Rhine and Danube, as well as from seemingly ever present internal revolts and rebellions.Ian Hughes explains how a Vandal actually Stilicho had a VandalThe period of history in which Stilicho lived was one of the most turbulent in European history The Western Empire was finally giving way under pressure from external threats, especially from Germanic tribes crossing the Rhine and Danube, as well as from seemingly ever present internal revolts and rebellions.Ian Hughes explains how a Vandal actually Stilicho had a Vandal father and Roman mother came to be given almost total control of the Western Empire and describes his attempts to save both the Western Empire and even Rome itself from the attacks of Alaric the Goth and other barbarian invaders.Stilicho is one of the major figures in the history of the Late Roman Empire and his actions following the death of the emperor Theodosius the Great in 395 may have helped to divide the Western and Eastern halves of the Roman Empire on a permanent basis Yet he is also the individual who helped maintain the integrity of the West before the rebellion of Constantine III in Britain and the crossing of the Rhine by a major force of Vandals, Sueves and Alans both in AD 406 set the scene for both his downfall and execution in 408 and the later disintegration of the West Despite his role in this fascinating and crucial period of history, there is no other full length biography of him in print.
    Stilicho The Vandal Who Saved Rome The period of history in which Stilicho lived was one of the most turbulent in European history The Western Empire was finally giving way under pressure from external threats especially from Germanic

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    1. The end of the Western Roman Empire is a hard subject to get a real grasp on Ian Huges book about one of the final magister militums of the western empire does a lot to explain conditions during the beginning of the 5th Century.Stilicho has generally been a controversial figure, either vilified or celebrated by most histories this book s subtitle, The Vandal Who Saved Rome is a direct reference to that latter tradition , and Huges intent is to do a evenhanded account which I think ends up givin [...]

    2. This is a decent study of the late Roman Empire focused on Stilicho, who was the highest military leader of the Western Empire from 395 408 AD under the Emperor Honorius 9 September 384 15 August 423 At the same time his brother Arcadius 377 378 1 May 408 was ruling the Eastern part of the Empire, strongly dominated by a series of powerful ministers and by his wife, Aelia Eudoxia.The period in which Stilicho lived was one of the most turbulent in European history The Western Empire was finally g [...]

    3. From the Foreword by Adrian Goldsworthy It is a frustrating and intriguing challenge to write the history of this period Ian Hughes sets himself an even difficult task in writing a biography of Stilicho, where the central thread is the career of just one man It is well worthwhile, for it is always good to remind ourselves that men like Stilicho, Honorius and Alaric were just human beings Historians rightly concern themselves with wider social trends, where the successes and failures of individu [...]

    4. This book is absolutely amazing By drawing on ancient sources of both Roman and Barbarian origin, Ian Hughes is able to piece together a history of an interesting character during a fascinating period of history I learned a lot, not only about the beginning of the end of the western empire at the end of the fourth century, but about how to approach the texts that I have read and put together seeming contradictions to find a plausible series of events from seemingly contradictory sources Five sta [...]

    5. This is actually a decent book and I enjoyed it Mostly for the subject matter and the period which is fascinating But it could have been written better in my opinion.

    6. This was enjoyable As the author himself points out, the difficulty with writing a biography of Stilicho lies with the reliability of the source material, almost all of which is derived from texts that are either panegyrics or character assassinations Given these limitations, much of the author s conclusions are necessarily speculative and open to other interpretations, but I think Prof Hughes has created a readable biography with well argued conclusions.Stilicho was the effective, though not of [...]

    7. An interesting account of Stilicho, whom the Western Roman Empire owed few years of its survival on him, which is ironic, considering that Stilicho was a barbarian half Vandal, half Roman to be precise It was also the Roman s hatred of barbarian that became the cause of Stilicho s downfall Not only about Stilicho, the book also discussed the life, politics and military organization and tactics during that time Worth to read, because most books on this topic talked about Eastern Roman Empire.

    8. Wonderful book Very detailed, dense and interesting Highly recommended to everybody seriously interested in the history of this period.

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