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I have always enjoyed Roman history and while the Goths were major players in the latter parts of the Roman Empire, my understanding of the Goths was limited. The end of the book summarized that in a very distinct way - unlike other Teutonic Peoples like the Franks, Vandals and Burgundians, the Goths seemingly faded into the history of the peoples they conquered. In some ways they were both the cause of the end of the Western Roman Empire and paradoxically also the preservationists of the Western Roman Culture. All of the alliances and wars with the Byzantines and other powers of the day eventually drained them. They came to power in Italy under their King Theodoric, at the bidding of the Empire to defeat another group that had taken over the Italian peninsula. Constantly at war, both the Ostrogoth's and Visigoths eventually were overtaken by emerging powers. Visigothic Spain is probably the most visible evidence that can be seen today of their architecture.
Charlton Griffin is the premier narrator for this genre of history and his performance for this book is excellent. If you enjoy Roman History you will enjoy this book, it gives a different perspective on the barbarian notion that is such a pivotal aspect of Roman History.
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An exhaustive study of the 400 years of The Gothic prominence and their interactions with The Romans, both East, and West. It fill in some "holes" in my knowledge of those times. The narration, I found a bit tedious because because of the plethora a similar sounding Gothic surnames.
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