The Day of the Barbarians: The Battle That Led to the Fall of the Roman Empire

Here’s a book that held some promise, and for me came up short.

It’s about the slow fall of the Roman Empire, and seemed it would be predicated upon the loss of one decisive battle with Barbarian hordes … but upon reading, that’s not what happened at all.

So why does this title portray it as such?

This is much more the account of how the Romans allowed the Barbarians to take them over slowly – hiring them as soldiers when the Roman people wouldn’t fight, etc.

Conflict rose, the hired soldiers fought, joined with their brethren entering the empire (who were allowed in to farm), and then they won some key battles.

So was it all over for the empire then? No. The slide began (and had already begun), but it was hundreds of years before the Empire was done.

So why is it portrayed as a decisive, empire-ending battle? Maybe to get you to read the book!

It was short, and made me want to learn more about the Roman Empire. But this isn’t a great starting point if you want a deep dive into history.

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