‘The Barbarians and the Fall of Rome’
376 – 476
Natural Causes, Murder or Something Else?
This booklet focused on the last century of the Roman Empire in the west and the affect that barbarian invasion had on its downfall. By using primary sources – monuments, coins and quotations – and a few later pieces of art – the period is reconstructed in an informative and entertaining way.
· The introductory section provides a Historical Outline of the period, while a Source Criticism gives a brief breakdown of the literary sources used from Ammianus to Zosimus. These are presented with advice as to how they should be treated.
· The topic is then broken up into distinct periods within that century. These are then subdivided into sections about specific events or people such as Adrianople, the Sack of Rome, Attila the Hun etc.
· Accompanying each quotation and image is a brief Interpretation section, to encourage the student to question whether or not what they are being told in the source is a reliable depiction of its subject.
· Further Reading bibliography for those students and teachers who want even more depth.