The End of Empire

Attila the Hun & the Fall of Rome

Christopher Kelly (Author)


"A thoughtful and sophisticated account of a notoriously complicated and controversial period." —R. I. Moore, Times Literary Supplement

History remembers Attila, the leader of the Huns, as the Romans perceived him: a savage barbarian brutally inflicting terror on whoever crossed his path. Following Attila and the Huns from the steppes of Kazakhstan to the court of Constantinople, Christopher Kelly portrays Attila in a compelling new light, uncovering an unlikely marriage proposal, a long-standing relationship with a treacherous Roman general, and a thwarted assassination plot. We see Attila as both a master warrior and an astute strategist whose rule was threatening but whose sudden loss of power was even more so. The End of Empire is an original exploration of the clash between empire and barbarity in the ancient world, full of contemporary resonance.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33849-2
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 368 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide, excluding Canada, the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Kelly goes beyond the conventional mode and bravely ventures into…military detail.” — Edward Luttwak, New Republic

“Accessible history that enlightens as well as informs.” — Richmond Times

“[A] first-rate history [that] provides a singularly fresh look at a factitious period in the life of Ancient Rome.” — Publishers Weekly

“Vivid [and] engrossing.” — Booklist

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