1. Education

How Barbarians Led to the Fall of Rome

Barbarians have been accused of causing the Fall of Rome and they certainly caused many changes in the Roman Empire.
  1. Illyria/Ancient Albanians
  2. Barbarian Leaders (3)
  3. Jordanes

Why and how decay is a reason for the fall of Rome.

'How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped the Modern World'
Review of Thomas Craughwell's How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped the Modern World.

'The Fall of Roman Empire'
Review of Peter Heather's The Fall of the Roman Empire - A New History of Rome and the Barbarians

'The Day of the Barbarians'
Review of "The Day of the Barbarians: The Battle That Led to the Fall of the Roman Empire," by Alessandro Barbero.

The Vandal Conquest of Libya
Procopius describes the treaty made between the Roman emperor Honorius and the Vandals in which the Vandals are tricked and are eventually pressed to retaliate. Valentinian III became emperor and because of the effeminate upbringing and his association with the typical round of miscreant sorcerers, was unfit for the job and lost Libya.

'The Battle That Stopped Rome'
If you're trying to understand what we know of the Teutoberg Forest disaster in A.D. 9, when three Roman legions were annihilated by German tribes, or you are looking for background on the opening scene of the movie Gladiator, Peter S. Wells' very clearly written The Battle That Stopped Rome - Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoberg Forest will be invaluable.

An Alaric the Goth Study Guide
Alaric (c. 370-410), a Gothic chieftain, Arian Christian, and eventually, pillager of Rome, led the Goths under him out of the Balkans and into the Roman Empire where he sought land for their settlement.

Attila the Hun
Attila the Hun participated in the Roman conflict with the Visigoths but was also in his own right a threat to Rome.

Attila the Hun
Attila was just one of a series of serious threats to the power of Rome, but the barbarian menace showed up some of the chinks in Rome's armor.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.