Terry Jones' Barbarians

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Random House, 27. 5. 2009 - Počet stran: 352

Terry Jones' Barbarians takes a completely fresh approach to Roman history. Not only does it offer us the chance to see the Romans from a non-Roman perspective, it also reveals that most of those written off by the Romans as uncivilized, savage and barbaric were in fact organized, motivated and intelligent groups of people, with no intentions of overthrowing Rome and plundering its Empire.

This original and fascinating study does away with the propaganda and opens our eyes to who really established the civilized world. Delving deep into history, Terry Jones and Alan Ereira uncover the impressive cultural and technological achievements of the Celts, Goths, Persians and Vandals.

In this paperback edition, Terry and Alan travel through 700 years of history on three continents, bringing wit, irreverence, passion and scholarship to transform our view of the legacy of the Roman Empire and the creation of the modern world.

 

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Readable and entertaining. Attacks idea of Rome as enclave of civilization in otherwise savage world and notion of Roman Catholic Church as preserver of the Empire and civilizing influence on cruel and rapacious barbarians. Also has a bibliography and list of websites for further reading. Přečíst celou recenzi

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This is truly an alternative history book on the Roman Empire and her neighbours. Written with wit and with true passion for the idea that the Romans were all bad, it is surprisingly boring at times ... Přečíst celou recenzi

Obsah

Preface
7
Unearthing the Celts
21
The Looting of Gaul
41
Romans on Top
71
PART I BARBARIANS FROM THE NORTH
86
Dacia and the Vanished World 1 10
110
V11 The Goths
129
VI Hellenes
151
Persia the Early Dynasties
172
Sassanians
191
X1 Behind the Myths
213
Vandals
238
Nemesis
264
Epilogue
286
Bibliography
303
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O autorovi (2009)

Terry Jones is best known as a member of Monty Python but he has also written four books on medieval England: Chaucer's Knight, the highly acclaimed Who Murdered Chaucer?, Crusades and Terry Jones' Medieval Lives, which accompanied a major television series he presented in 2004. He is the author of several children's books including Fairy Tales and Fantastic Stories, The Knight and the Squire and The Lady and the Squire. He has directed several feature films: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, Personal Services, Erik the Viking and The Wind in the Willows. Terry presented the four-part television series Barbarians in 2006.

Alan Ereira has worked as an award-winning producer and writer of history programmes on radio and television for over 40 years, and has collaborated with Terry for ten years on a number of historical films. His previous books include The People's England, The Invergordon Mutiny, The Heart of the World and (with Terry Jones) Crusades and Terry Jones' Medieval Lives.

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