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Rome's Last War

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Justin Swanton
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Rome's Last War

Post by Justin Swanton » Wed October 24th, 2012, 4:41 pm

I have recently completed an article on the last war of the Western Roman Empire, fought in northern Gaul between 486 and 497. It took a long time to put together the few bits and pieces available from the historical record and finally reconstruct a coherent picture of what happened.

The last provinces of Rome put up a tremendous fight and succeeded in stopping the Frankish would-be conquerors dead in their tracks. The war only ended when.....but read the article!
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Hillaire Belloc's Eye Witness Essays

Post by Antoine Vanner » Thu November 1st, 2012, 2:54 pm

The period you are writing about is a fascinating one and your mention of it triggers the following:

Hilaire Belloc edited a political journal called "The Eye Witness" in the early 1900s and contributed a series of sketches of historical events, seen from the viewpoints of an impartial or menial observers. They were gathered together into a book which was also called "The Eye Witness". Some are mundane but others are brilliant and stick in the memory (e.g an American businessman who is in Paris on the day of Marie-Antoinette's execution and who is so absorbed in the business in hand that he takes no interest in why the crowd outside is so excited). One particularly good one relates to Gaul in the period when Roman rule is in decline. A father, loyal to the old pagan cults, notes with sadness that his son is becoming Christian, not because he's necessarily convinced, but because it's now politically expedient to be identified with the new official religion of the empire. The father accepts that the old Roman way is gone forever and that something he cannot himself understand is taking over from it.

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Post by Justin Swanton » Sat November 3rd, 2012, 10:37 am

[quote=""Antoine Vanner""]The period you are writing about is a fascinating one and your mention of it triggers the following:

Hilaire Belloc edited a political journal called "The Eye Witness" in the early 1900s and contributed a series of sketches of historical events, seen from the viewpoints of an impartial or menial observers. They were gathered together into a book which was also called "The Eye Witness". Some are mundane but others are brilliant and stick in the memory (e.g an American businessman who is in Paris on the day of Marie-Antoinette's execution and who is so absorbed in the business in hand that he takes no interest in why the crowd outside is so excited). One particularly good one relates to Gaul in the period when Roman rule is in decline. A father, loyal to the old pagan cults, notes with sadness that his son is becoming Christian, not because he's necessarily convinced, but because it's now politically expedient to be identified with the new official religion of the empire. The father accepts that the old Roman way is gone forever and that something he cannot himself understand is taking over from it.[/quote]

There's a bit of that in my novel. The father - a retired centurion - is a pagan who cannot let go of the past, and is determined to restore Rome's greatness even though he is virtually the last who still believes in it. His daughter is a Christian who initially falls under her father's sway but finally outgrows his mentality.

One can find similar types today in the KKK and the AWB (Afrikaner Resistance Movement)
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