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The Goths are the most enigmatic of all the ancient German tribes. Their name today is still widely in use for a variety of cultural and artistic movements. But unlike other famous German tribes whose names are still descriptive of nations they founded - the Franks, the Lombards, the Angles, the Saxons, and the Alemanni - the Goths simply disappeared. The subject of Henry Bradley's splendid short history is tracing the rise, the migrations, and the impact of the Goths on European history along with their spectacular fall. It is a fascinating story of courage, resilience, and dogged determination. And it is the story of some of the greatest German chieftains and kings produced before the time of Charlemagne...awesome leaders like Alaric and Theodoric. The Goths brought down the mighty Roman Empire. But before they faded away, they left an indelible imprint on our civilization.

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  • Mark
  • 29-07-2015

Interesting Book about a little understood people

I have always enjoyed Roman history and while the Goths were major players in the latter parts of the Roman Empire, my understanding of the Goths was limited. The end of the book summarized that in a very distinct way - unlike other Teutonic Peoples like the Franks, Vandals and Burgundians, the Goths seemingly faded into the history of the peoples they conquered. In some ways they were both the cause of the end of the Western Roman Empire and paradoxically also the preservationists of the Western Roman Culture. All of the alliances and wars with the Byzantines and other powers of the day eventually drained them. They came to power in Italy under their King Theodoric, at the bidding of the Empire to defeat another group that had taken over the Italian peninsula. Constantly at war, both the Ostrogoth's and Visigoths eventually were overtaken by emerging powers. Visigothic Spain is probably the most visible evidence that can be seen today of their architecture.

Charlton Griffin is the premier narrator for this genre of history and his performance for this book is excellent. If you enjoy Roman History you will enjoy this book, it gives a different perspective on the barbarian notion that is such a pivotal aspect of Roman History.

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  • Frank H.
  • 12-08-2016

It is an OK Listen.

An exhaustive study of the 400 years of The Gothic prominence and their interactions with The Romans, both East, and West. It fill in some "holes" in my knowledge of those times. The narration, I found a bit tedious because because of the plethora a similar sounding Gothic surnames.

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  • Bradley
  • 22-11-2015

Written in 1887*

I was weirded out by the book's take on history until I found out that it was written in the 19th century. So, the recurrent theme that the Goths were savages until conversion to Christianity made them civilized starts to make sense in that light. I was looking for modern scholarship. If this was made clear in the book's description, I missed it.

The narration is odd as well.

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  • Jolene
  • 31-10-2017

Somewhat Lacking

I was hopeful that this book would be an enjoyable experience. I was only partially satisfied. The information contained is normally credible, but at times seems to border on conjecture trying to masquerade as fact. To be fair, this book was written over a century ago and there have been numerous historical and archaeological discoveries since then, but I was still somewhat disappointed given the widespread acclaim that Bradley enjoys as a linguist and historian- even to this day. But as with all dated academic publications- it is still important to see where the consensus used to be and how it has changed (if indeed it has).

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  • NatsFan
  • 07-10-2016

One dimensional narrative, lacking depth.

not worth the time to listen, although the the narrator is engaging. maybe other books are better.

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  • PAULTAYLOR
  • 30-09-2015

HOLY COW. I FEEL LIKE INVASION. OF BODY SNATCHER.

FELT LIKE BACK IN CHURCH HISTORY CLASS. FALLING ASLEEP. DESPITE GOOD READER..THESE GOTHS. HAD SO MANY PRE ENGLISH NAMES. IT'S LIKE TRYING TO FOLLOWING A STORY IN A MADE UP LANGUAGE! MOTIVES WERE ALWAYS SNATCH AND GRAB. SHOULD RENAME DARK "AND DISGUSTING" AGES

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