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Identifier: historyofrome00myer (find matches)
Title: A history of Rome
Year: 1917 (1910s)
Authors: Myers, P. V. N. (Philip Van Ness), 1846-1937
Publisher: Boston, New York (etc.) Ginn and company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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f the barbarianswas being made in the remote province of Britain. In his effortsto defend Italy against her barbarian invaders, Stilicho had with-drawn the last legion from Britain, and had thus left unguarded theHadrian Wall in the north (sect. 138) and the long coast line facing 1 We choose these dates for the reason that they set off the interval between twogreat events — the sack of Rome by Alaric and the battle of Chalons (sect. 171). i58 THE BREAK-UP OF THE EMPIRE (§171 the continent. The Picts of Caledonia, taking advantage of thewithdrawal of the guardians of the province, swarmed over theunsentineled rampart and pillaged the fields and towns of the south.The half-Romanized and effeminate provincials — no match for theirhardy kinsmen who had never bowed their necks to the yoke ofRome — were driven to despair by the ravages of their relentlessenemies, and, in their helplessness, invited to their aid the Anglesand Saxons from the shores of the North Sea. These people came
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Fig. 43. Germans Crossing the Rhine. (After a drawing by Alphonse de Neuville) in their rude boats, drove back the invaders, and, being pleased withthe soil and climate of the island, took possession of the country forthemselves and became the ancestors of the English people. 171. Invasion of the Huns; Battle of Chalons (451 A.d.). Thebarbarians who were thus overrunning and parceling out the inherit-ance of the dying Empire were now in turn pressed upon and ter-rified by a foe more hideous and dreadful in their eyes than theythemselves were in the eyes of the Roman provincials. These werethe Mongol Huns, from the region northwest of China, of whom wehave already caught a glimpse as they drove the panic-stricken Goths §172) ATTILA THREATENS ROME 159 across the Danube (sect. 158). At this time their leader was Attila,whom the affrighted inhabitants of Europe called the Scourge ofGod. It was Attilas boast that the grass never grew again whereonce the hoof of his horse had trod. Attila

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