Items related to Barbarian Tides: The Migration Age and the Later Roman...

Barbarian Tides: The Migration Age and the Later Roman Empire (The Middle Ages Series)

3.9 avg rating
( 30 ratings by Goodreads )
9780812239393: Barbarian Tides: The Migration Age and the Later Roman Empire (The Middle Ages Series)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:

The Migration Age is still envisioned as an onrush of expansionary "Germans" pouring unwanted into the Roman Empire and subjecting it to pressures so great that its western parts collapsed under the weight. Further developing the themes set forth in his classic Barbarians and Romans, Walter Goffart dismantles this grand narrative, shaking the barbarians of late antiquity out of this "Germanic" setting and reimagining the role of foreigners in the Later Roman Empire.

The Empire was not swamped by a migratory Germanic flood for the simple reason that there was no single ancient Germanic civilization to be transplanted onto ex-Roman soil. Since the sixteenth century, the belief that purposeful Germans existed in parallel with the Romans has been a fixed point in European history. Goffart uncovers the origins of this historical untruth and argues that any projection of a modern Germany out of an ancient one is illusory. Rather, the multiplicity of northern peoples once living on the edges of the Empire participated with the Romans in the larger stirrings of late antiquity. Most relevant among these was the long militarization that gripped late Roman society concurrently with its Christianization.

If the fragmented foreign peoples with which the Empire dealt gave Rome an advantage in maintaining its ascendancy, the readiness to admit military talents of any social origin to positions of leadership opened the door of imperial service to immigrants from beyond its frontiers. Many barbarians were settled in the provinces without dislodging the Roman residents or destabilizing landownership; some were even incorporated into the ruling families of the Empire. The outcome of this process, Goffart argues, was a society headed by elites of soldiers and Christian clergy—one we have come to call medieval.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Publisher:

Walter Goffart is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Toronto and Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at Yale University.


"Goffart has produced yet another major study on the migration of the Northern barbarians into the late Roman Empire. Although called a sequel to his Barbarians and Romans, this is a completely rethought, significantly expanded and rewritten version."—Choice

"An important book which should be read attentively by all scholars of the late Roman West and early medieval Europe, and which will also be instructive to those interested in the intellectual history of early-modern and contemporary European historiography."—EHR

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780812221053: Barbarian Tides: The Migration Age and the Later Roman Empire (The Middle Ages Series)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0812221052 ISBN 13: 9780812221053
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image


Goffart, Walter
Published by University of Pennsylvania Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0812239393 ISBN 13: 9780812239393
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # Q-0812239393

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 91.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.45
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds