A quick one today, as I have lots to do.
Episode 27 of our thirty-part series of articles with audio, ‘La storia di Roma‘, is ready for you to read/listen to.
It’s quite a long one, as the fifth century seems to have been a busy time. And quite a chaotic one at that!
Rome’s extended borders had become rather porous, and its fabled legions had been weakened by plague, to the extent that hordes of Visigoths, Huns, and Vandals took it in turns to sack Rome.
That said, given that the Romans had themselves been rampaging around Europe, North Africa and much of the Middle East for what must have been half a millennium by that point, massacring the locals and razing their cities, it’s hard to feel much sympathy.
Still, the Catholic Church seems to have done well out of it all, being more or less the sole unifying force in the western part of the empire. Heretics and rivals were eliminated with gusto and, for various strategic and/or political reasons, the pope was even able to convert entire bararian tribes to Christianity. Bums on seats, way to go!
For a quick whizz around the first half of the fifth century, click this link: La linea tra Oriente e Occidente. Attila e il papa (prima metà del V sec d.C.)
Or, if you’re ‘all behind, like the little lamb’s tail’, catch up on the previous twenty-six episodes here: ‘La storia di Roma‘
A lunedì, allora.
Save 25% on this week’s new ebook easy reader: final reminder!
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Don’t forget that, in contrast with what we have done for years, the new ebook ‘I racconti della vestale‘ is offered as an automated download, and therefore won’t be sent manually as an attachment to an email, unless you ask for the non-.pdf versions, which can’t be downloaded.
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As always, I’ll end by mentioning that Thursday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news is ready for you to read/listen to. If you don’t, you should.