The death throes of the Roman Empire began in the year 376 CE
with the arrival of the Visigoths and their ruinous triumph over the Romans
in the Battle of Adrianople. In the following years the Visigoths repeatedly
devastated imperial territory and even sacked Rome. The Visigoth invasion was
accompanied by the onslaught of other Barbarian hordes, mostly of Germanic origin,
that spread throughout Gaul. Rome was not able to annihilate them and was forced
to negotiate and gradually cede territories to the invaders. Despite the vigorous
resistance offered by Rome's last great generals (including Stilicho, Flavius
Constantius, Flavius Atius), by the middle of the fifth century - following
the loss of most of Gaul, Spain, Africa, and Britannia - the Empire's territorial
expanse had severely diminished. In the year 476 CE the Empire came to an end
when the Barbarian Odoacer deposed the last sovereign, Romulus Augustus, and
the imperial insignia were bestowed upon Constantinople.
Giorgio Ravegnani teaches Byzantine History at the University of Venice.
I. I Goti nell'impero
II. L'Occidente nella tempesta
III. La disgregazione
IV. Il crollo
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