Through Alaric we can understand the vulnerable state of the Roman Empire and the disassociation of its separated halves. Alaric exposes the weak structure of the Empire through the years 395 to 410 by his lootings, foedus with Stilicho, and his campaign to invade Italy, the heart of the Western Empire.
When the German warrior, whether horseman or foot, went into battle in the first century A.D., his main weapon was a long lance with one end sharpened and hardened by fire, or else fitted with a short narrow iron point, which could be hurled or used for thrusting.
The first ten years of the fifth century A.D. were the worst decade that Italy had experienced at the hands of foreign enemies since the days of Hannibal.
From the fifth century AD onwards, the history of the Roman empire is often associated with the so-called
This study argues that the later Roman empire was significantly influenced by internal divisions and private power, which were just as important as foreign, ‘barbarian’ influences in determining the empire’s fate.
The Battle of Teutoberger Wald (9 A.D.) in which tribal Germans defeated a highly professional and disciplined Roman Army is not only one of the most decisive battles of the western world, but a historical example of successful asymmetrical warfare
Gold was, in effect, the means by which this new world-order was defined, and Attila was determined that the Romans should accept and honour their subservient status by the payment to him of large sums of gold as tribute.
The Huns and the End of the Roman Empire in Western Europe Peter Heather English Historical Review: Vol.110 No.435 (1995) Abstract Based on the…
The Battle of Adrianople (AD 378) is perhaps one of the most studied battles in history. It is seen as a major turning point in both the history of the Roman Empire and in the evolution of warfare.