At the Gates of Rome

The Battle for a Dying Empire

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A dramatic retelling of the final years of the Western Roman Empire and the downfall of Rome itself from the perspective of the Roman general Stilicho and Alaric, king of the Visigoths.

It took little more than a single generation for the centuries-old Roman Empire to fall. In those critical decades, while Christians and pagans, legions and barbarians, generals and politicians squabbled over dwindling scraps of power, two men – former comrades on the battlefield – rose to prominence on opposite sides of the great game of empire.

Roman general Flavius Stilicho, the man behind the Roman throne, dedicated himself to restoring imperial glory, only to find himself struggling for his life against political foes. Alaric, King of the Goths, desired to be a friend of Rome, was betrayed by it, and given no choice but to become its enemy. Battling each other to a standstill, these two warriors ultimately overcame their differences in order to save the empire from enemies on all sides. And when one of them fell, the other took such vengeance as had never been seen in history.

Don Hollway, author of The Last Viking, combines ancient chroniclers' accounts of Stilicho and Alaric into an unforgettable history of betrayal, politics, intrigue and war for the heart and soul of the Roman Empire.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae
List of Illustrations
Author's Note
Prologue: The Fall of Rome

PART ONE: AD 378–397
I. Adrianople
II. Foederati
III. A World Divided
IV. Leaders
V. The Battle of the Frigidus
VI. Pater Patriae

PART TWO: AD 395–408
VII. Invaders
VIII. Betrayal
IX. Triumvirate
X. Enemies on All Sides
XI. Barring the Gates
XII. Barbarians Ascendant
XIII. Uprising
XIV. The World Turns
XV. Invasion
XVI. Death Renders All Equal
XVII. “Everything Will Fall to Pieces”
XVIII. Radagaisus
XIX. Annus Horribilis
XX. Contenders for the Throne
XXI. Overthrow
XXII. Downfall

PART THREE: AD 408–410

XXIII. The New Order
XXIV. The March on Rome
XXV. First Siege
XXVI. Poena Cullei
XXVII. Second Siege
XXVIII. Third Siege
XXIX. The Graveyard of the Romans
XXX. Finis

Epilogue: The Triumph of Barbarism

Product details

Published May 12 2022
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 368
ISBN 9781472849960
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 8-page colour plate section
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Don Hollway

Don Hollway is an author, illustrator, and histori…


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