Neil Christie
Bloomsbury, £19.99
ISBN 978-0340759660

Accompanied by a helpful series of maps, this overview of the decline of Roman influence in the West is an extremely readable introduction to a complex, much-debated part of history, weaving together the latest archaeological evidence with historical material. Christie’s comments on the great diversity of religious beliefs under the Empire, as well as cultural changes brought by ‘barbarian’ invaders and the coming of Christianity are particularly insightful. A useful purchase for anyone studying this game-changing period of world history. CH


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