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ePub á Terry Jones' Barbarians ☆ 352 pages Download ´ reflectionslisburnltd ¿ 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 offTechnological 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 worl Having learned history as written by the winners I found this an interesting addition to my knowledge of European history Terry Jones as a writer is knowledgeable and witty He added a touch of humor to what is considered by most to be a dry topic If you want to find out about just who the people were whom the Romans dubbed barbarians this is a good easy read to do so There's even a handy timetable in the front

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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 The premise is promising I'm all for revisionist history where it can shed light on the parts of history that have been shoved into a corner and neglected which is exactly what this book sets out to doWhile some have rightly accused European history of being Westocentric Jones and Ereira reveal that a accurate charge would be Romacentric Indeed they say we have been sold the idea of Rome as the epitome of civilization the zenith of the Classical world while the so called Barbarians were ruthless savages bent on destruction for destruction's sakeIt's certainly easy to see how this European myth has had repercussions through the rest of our history which makes books such as this all the important It certainly helps that the writing style is fun intelligent and wittyAs you get into the work you do get the niggling suspicion that they tend to overstate their case This is somewhat forgivable as they acknowledge right in the introduction that they are portraying the Romans as the real Barbarians and besides turnabout is fair play after allIt is unfortunate for the authors however that one cannot write a complete history of Rome or of Rome without coming to the topic of Christianity and it was here that the authors totally lost me While the particulars of Ancient Christian history are uite complex all too often tied up with the politics of the Empire post Constantine of course I would expect such a seemingly well researched book to at least get some things right on this topicNot only do they repeat the ignorant twaddle that Constantine infused Sun worship into the Church moved the day of worship to Sunday and moved the celebration of the Nativity of Christ to December 25 ie the feast of Sol Invictus they go so far as to assert that Arianism was the old fashioned form of Christianity and that Trinitarianism was some new fangled irrational dogma devised by the Catholics by which they apparently mean the Roman Catholic Church which was resisted by the East until it was imposed on them thanks to the efforts of St Ambrose of Milan In doing so not only do they oversimplify the Arian controversy to an extreme they also completely ignore the efforts of all the Greek and Alexandrian Church Fathers from St Athanasius the Great to the Cappadocians Sts Gregory of Nyssa St Basil the Great and St Gregory of NazianzusIn addition when they do speak of the Arian Vandals invading Roman Carthage they acknowledge the Vandals did destroy some theaters and arenas but defend this destruction by saying but this was because the purposes of the buildings were immoral One doesn't get the sense that Catholics whether because they were Catholic or because they were Roman committing similar acts would have been viewed so graciouslyLater on they speak of St Augustine of Hippo's teachings as if they were fully accepted by the entire Church Augustine being practically unknown in the East and these are just a sampling of their errors In the end their view of Christian history is still hobbled by they same Romacentrism they spend most of the book railing againstWhile this is admittedly a pet peeve of mine I also do not deny that Christian history has been as rosy as we would like to believe Certainly our brethren throughout history even up to today have all too often failed to live up to the teachings of Christ and I am all for owning up to these failings There are plenty to pick from without engaging in misrepresentation of events our repeating of falsehoodsThe larger issue for me is that these blatant errors seriously undermine the arguments put forward in the rest of the book To refer to an event that is recounted near the end of the text these errors are like the earthuake knocking a hole in the impenetrable walls of Constantinople The Huns didn't need it to be a big holejust large enough to let a few men through at a time to overrun the whole city Unfortunately for the authors they did not have time to rebuild the walls before the Huns showed up

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Terry Jones' BarbariansTerry 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 This wonderful book tells the history of the Roman Empire with the humour and irony one would expect from Terry Jones best known as a member of Monty Python the small but very decent collection of historical books he has written are not yet as well known This book was a tremendous amount of fun to read Below I mention the things it is about conclusions reached and so on But really the best thing about it was that I loved picking it up to read ; it was the treat at the end of the day and I started rationing the last chapters because I wanted it to last longer almost than I wanted to read the final partOne important part of this book is that it lets us see the Roman invasions from the point of view of all the other nations and cultures that Rome stomped on and all too often completely stomped out Hence it is called ‘Barbarians; an alternative Roman history’For me the most exciting thing about this history is that it explains the Roman Empire in a way I can understand For years I have wanted to understand the history of Rome I have read books about it often the ‘classics’ and at the end of the day had no overview of Rome it's army's it borders or it's Empire at all A good book about Rome in Britain leaves one mystified about the rest of the empire A very sensible discussion about the movement of forces in Europe leaves one completely unable to grasp what Africa had to do with anything and so on an so forthTerry breaks down his book into parts that cover the Celts Barbarians everyone not Roman remember from the north from the south and then the Vandals and Huns separately He deals with the different borders of the empire one by one explaining how what was happening on the other front affected each area The 'East Empire' the 'West Empire' the simultaneous multiple Emperors what the hell Rome was doing in Persia and Egypt anyway all the things I could never get my head around are covered Terry also tells the initial story of Rome the city and how it mobilised in the first place For the first time ever I think I understand how the thing worked up until about the Fifth Century the end of the book I also have a much better picture of how the Roman Catholic Church came about Terry does not seem to care for Catholicism much and he is not complimentary about it at all But if you ever wondered how it got a stranglehold on worldwide Christianity in the first place the last bit of the book makes it uite clear I have always thought that there are a lot of inconsistencies between what Catholicism says it is about and what it actually does Based on what I have read in this book several of those inconsistencies can be traced very directly to the fact that the religion developed in the Roman culture and as an inheritor of the Roman Empire which was in some strife by the fifth century when the Pope got the Roman decree making him in charge of the catholic churchI also came to a few other conclusions; I already knew Rome destroyed pretty much everything it touched ecologically and culturally so no surprises there I have walked away with a better understanding of how Europe fell into ‘the dark ages’ and we can point to Rome for that too; they crushed out all the science unless it could be used in war leached out all the wealth and the academically inclined if they were of use in war and suashed cultural achievements replacing them with Romanisation which is to say circuses and eventually there was none leftMy other surprise was this; I was always unclear how women came to have such a subverted role in classical European culture Yes I have read some feminist literature and yet A Celtic woman BC was an independent entity with rights and there were laws protecting her property and person even after she married An English Edwardian woman however had fewer rights and less freedoms that a contemporary Arab woman in Africa though sharia has since put paid to that It looks like we can lay that one on Rome as well; Rome did not give women rights they were the possessions of whichever male happened to be head of the family and as Rome crushed to cultures it rolled over it seems to have taken that notion with themIt was a fascinating book I was glad to read about Rome from the very civilised Barbarian perspectives We all know that the winner writes the history so thank you Terry for making it possible to a have look at what events might have looked like before the Roman spin doctors got at the history books