1.The vandals weren't savages: they were educated and skilled in warfare. Where had they acquired this education? The vandals had acquired this knowledge from the Romans. The Romans were living at the same area as the vandals 2.Why did Gaiseric (the vandal chief) want Eudoxia (the empress) ? The empress Eudoxia had gold on her which was valuable at that time. 3.Peter Aicher said " The drama of Rome suggests that civilization does not progress in a straight line towards more prosperity, more order, more law, more technology." What does this statement mean? This quote that Peter has said is basically explaining that civilization may start all successful but it will eventually crumble. 4.Al-Hajjaj Al-Bahizi was mining for what mineral? Gold 5.For what purpose was the gold used? To fund money for an army for the Islamic empire 6.How was Cordoba different from the rest of Western Europe? It was a beacon of learning and had a tolerance for muslims, jews and christians 7.What happened to Abbas Ibn Firnas?