Livestock played a prominent role among the Barbarians of Northern Europe

Livestock played a prominent role among the

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Livestock played a prominent role among the Barbarians of Northern Europe livestock promoted more dispersed patterns of settlement and competition of wealth Romans weren’t used to this idea of peasants farming their own land and accumulating wealth were used to a well-disciplined peasantry tied to the land Thought of free roaming peasants scared Romans as the barbarians were seen as mobile and well-fed young warriors - In 374 the Goths were subjected to Hunnish raids and sought protection from the Roman Empire o They were granted land and protection in return for providing men for military service o The Barbarians therefore entered the empire as farmer immigrants rather than invaded the empire - Politically, the arrangement to have the Goths integrated into the Roman Empire turned into a disaster driven by famine and enraged by the exploitation of their refugee camps, the Gothic nobility rallied its warriors to defeat and kill the Eastern Emperor at Adrianople o Eventually a Visigothic King ( Alaric in 378) sacked Rome - *** The Middle Ages begin, not with a dramatic “fall of Rome”, but with the barley perceived and irreversible absorption by the Barbarians of the middle ground created in the Roman Frontier Zone *** Chapter 4 – Deeds of Saints and Slaughters of Nations
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- By the time Emperor Augustine died in 430, it was already obvious that, unlike the age of Diocletian and Constantin, the present period of dislocation would not be followed by a triumphant restoration of order by the Roman state o The West became a patchwork of separate regions (separate countries with separate new ethnicities) - Unlike the West , the Roman Empire in the East survived intact Constantinople rose to the fore as the “New Rome” - Western Roman Empire had elements of barbarian and Roman culture o
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