Review of 428 AD – Giusto Traina

This is an interesting little volume because it does not follow a single campaign or figure, but instead moves through the Late Roman Empire in the year 428 AD and gives a snapshot of events in the year and how they impacted each other.  There is a little foreshadowing, but mainly the text sticks to the ‘slice of life’.

From the end of the Roman Armenian kingdom in the east to the African provinces waiting for the impending Vandal invasion, the picture is of an empire approaching crisis, but not at the end of its tether yet. The West might still have been saved despite its troubles if it could have kept the Vandals out of Africa and started reducing the other Barbarian states. Ten years later, with Africa fallen the situation was more critical by far as the strength of the West began to ebb.

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