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They burned and looted with discrimination

Josephine Quinn: A Goth named Alaric, 18 March 2021

Alaric the Goth: An Outsider’s History of the Fall of Rome 
by Douglas Boin.
Norton, 254 pp., £19.99, July 2020, 978 0 393 63569 0
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... made a spirited case for their share of responsibility in The Fall of the Roman Empire (2005). Douglas Boin proposes another topical solution, blaming neither barbarians nor Romans but the relationship between them. One of the most important questions facing Rome in this era was ‘whether foreigners would have a fair shot at becoming Romans’, and ...

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