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Stilicho review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ol of the Western Empire and describes his attempts to save both the Western Empire and even Rome itself from the attacks of Alaric the Goth and other barbarian invadersStilicho is one of the major figures in the history of the Late Roman Empire and his actions following the death of the emperor Theodosius the Great in 395 may have helped to divide the Western and Eastern halves of the Roman Empire on a permanent basis Yet he. This book is absolutely amazing By drawing on ancient sources of both Roman and Barbarian origin Ian Hughes is able to piece together a history of an interesting character during a fascinating period of history I learned a lot not only about the beginning of the end of the western empire at the end of the fourth century but about how to approach the texts that I have read and put together seeming contradictions to find a plausible series of events from seemingly contradictory sources Five stars from me because I loved it Sing Unburied Sing read and put together seeming contradictions to find a plausible series of events from seemingly contradictory sources Five stars from me because I loved it

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Stilicho review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Is also the individual who helped maintain the integrity of the West before the rebellion of Constantine III in Britain and the crossing of the Rhine by a major force of Vandals Sueves and Alans both in AD 406 set the scene for both his downfall and execution in 408 and the later disintegration of the West Despite his role in this fascinating and crucial period of history there is no other full length biography of him in print. This is a gripping narrative no light feat given how few and biased primary sources are I also liked the author s tone Many authors present opinion or things that are merely likely as fact which makes for less enjoyable reads I disagree with other reviewers who disliked the first few chapters These provide background among others on the state of the Roman and barbarian armies at the time These chapters put the rest of the work in historical context and I would not skip themUnfortunately the maps presented in the book are hopelessly poor My perhaps flawed understanding is that there seems to be two different nested or partially overlapping territories referred to as Illyricum perhaps something like Illyricum the prefecture and Illyricum the diocese and this I found deeply confusing Nowhere is this clarified in the text and the maps are useless in resolving the confusion We are told that the Diocese of Illyricum was returned to the West around 395 396 But then a whole chapter is devoted to the West s plans of 406 407 to conuer Illyricum from the East Huh There is a map that is captioned 12 The return of the Diocese of Illyricum to the West in 395 396 and then later another that is captioned 19 The invasion of Illyricum by the West in 406 407 What The maps themselves are of no help whatever in understanding what exactly Illyricum meansI am no specialist and cannot speak for the book s general accuracy but a number of back to back material errors early in the book where the author discusses things I am as someone interested in Roman coinage familiar with slightly tainted the rest of the work for me The author makes the following claim Massive inflation had resulted in coins rapidly losing their value partly as a product of debasement the mixing of base metals with the gold or silver used to make the coins This is an important error regarding gold coins which were never seriously debased It is silver alone that was ruthlessly debased He continues The result was that lower denomination coins became increasingly worthless and only when Constantine introduced the aureus a relatively stable gold coin did the problem of inflation ease slightly That the new gold coin was introduced by Diocletian is not really material given that it did become widespread under Constantine But that the coin introduced was the solidus not the aureus which was the standard gold coin of the Roman world since Julius Caesar is certainly material If the author ever reads this comment he might find it unfair to judge a work of this magnitude on these inaccuracies and I agree Nevertheless for a reader who has relatively few reference points to judge the accuracy of a work apart from its internal consistency these details make a differenceOverall this book is excellent I am looking forward to reading the author s other books Adult Head role in this fascinating and crucial period of history there is no other full length biography of him in print. 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Stilicho review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB The period of history in which Stilicho lived was one of the most turbulent in European history The Western Empire was finally giving way under pressure from external threats especially from Germanic tribes crossing the Rhine and Danube as well as from seemingly ever present internal revolts and rebellionsIan Hughes explains how a Vandal actually Stilicho had a Vandal father and Roman mother came to be given almost total contr. Stilicho was a late Roman general with a Vandal father hence Stilicho the Vandal He wielded power as regent for a young and later weak emperor After he was assassinated in 408 the Visigoths would or less immediately sack Rome so the Vandal who saved Rome is true in only the narrowest of contexts and the book reads like a tragedy as it heads towards disaster The subtitle does read like a publisher s dictate Hughes puts a uestion mark after the chapter with that title inside the bookWestern Rome was facing possibly insoluble issues by the time Stilicho took power It s army had been soundly defeated in civil wars at least three times In the days of Hannibal they raised army after army from the citizens of the Republic in Stilicho s time the Senate refused to allow recruitment of the Romans from their estates and looked askance at the recruitment of non Romans Any man Stilicho lost was possibly irreplaceable The manpower problems were exacerbated because Stilicho was a non aristocrat with no independent right to rule He needed the legitimacy of the Senate and couldn t cross them by recruiting directly even as armies repeatedly crossed into Italy Gibbon s description of his behavior he sensed this was Rome s last army and he had better be careful with it now makes a lot of senseIn his 15 year reign Stilicho would guide the West through two civil wars and two barbarian invasions one by the estimable Visigoth Alaric He was a generally cautious but successful general preferring maneuver but winning battles when he needed to But the third invasion sparked the third civil war di him in Stilicho ended up paralyzed by political rivalries at home when he needed freedom to act and then ended up dead Hughes rates him as a competent ruler who probably did postpone Rome s end and I don t doubt that but the wheels were coming off in dramatic fashion by the time he was killedHughes has an approach which I don t think I ve seen before describe the uncertainties and contradictions in the historical record and these are vast and then deduce what he thinks is the most plausible version of events and narrate it as if it happened that way To my surprise I really liked this approach I never felt he was trying to abuse my trust but the sense of narrative running through the tale was pretty strong satisfying than we ll never know So overall this is high on the readability with a minor complaint about a weird uirk of repeating key bits of context almost verbatim in every section almost as if he expected chapters to be read independently by undergrads


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    Stilicho E–book/E–pub The end of the Western Roman Empire is a hard subject to get a real grasp on Ian Huges' book about one of the final magister militums of the western empire does a lot to explain conditions during the beginning of the 5th CenturyStilicho has gen

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    Stilicho E–book/E–pub This is a decent study of the late Roman Empire focused on Stilicho who was the highest military leader of the Wes

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    read Stilicho Stilicho E–book/E–pub review Æ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Ian Hughes Stilicho was a late Roman general with a Vandal father hence “Stilicho the Vandal” He wielded power as regent for a young and later weak emperor After he was assassinated in 408 the Visigoths would or less immediately sack Rome; so the

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    Stilicho E–book/E–pub From the Foreword by Adrian GoldsworthyIt is a frustrating and intriguing challenge to write the history of this period Ian Hughes sets himself an even difficult task in writing a biography of Stilicho where the central thread is the career

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    Stilicho E–book/E–pub This was enjoyable As the author himself points out the difficulty with writing a biography of Stilicho lies with the reliability of the source material almost all of which is derived from texts that are either panegyrics or character assassinations Given these limitations much of the author's conclusions are ne

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    review Æ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Ian Hughes Stilicho E–book/E–pub Ian Hughes Ð 3 characters This book is absolutely amazing By drawing on ancient sources of both Roman and Barbarian origin Ian Hughes is able to piece together a history of an interesting character during a fascinating period of history I learned a lot not only about the beginning of the end of the western empire at the end of the fourth

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    review Æ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Ian Hughes Ian Hughes Ð 3 characters read Stilicho Wonderful book Very detailed dense and interesting Highly recommended to everybody seriously interested in the history of this period

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    Stilicho E–book/E–pub This is a gripping narrative no light feat given how few and biased primary sources are I also liked the author's tone Many authors present opinion or things that are merely likely as fact which makes for less enjoyable reads I disagree with other reviewers who disliked the first few chapters These provide background am

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    Stilicho E–book/E–pub A well written biography peppered with way too much auxiliary informationStilicho was a gifted politician and an competent general for the ti

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    Stilicho E–book/E–pub Ian Hughes is a tremendous author who also recently came out with his biography of Attila the Hun One thing that I appreciate about Hughes writing is that is often chooses to focus on topics that most historical writers tend to steer away from at least they seem to as there simply is not very much information on them to write a tho

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  • Hardcover
  • 282
  • Stilicho
  • Ian Hughes
  • English
  • 06 August 2020
  • 9781844159697