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  1. Free stuff! Legionary 7 goodie bag up for grabs. I'm running a prize draw for a signed copy of The Blood Road plus a bundle of collectables: signed artwork, music score and more! Enter here by 10th Sept: www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/legionarygoodiebag
  2. 'Cry "Havoc!", and let slip...' http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/thedogsofwar A look at the use of Molossian hounds in the Roman army.
  3. A Q&A re writing historical fiction set in Late Antiquity: https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/authorinterview-for-legionary-the-blood-road-by-gordon-doherty-gordondoherty-legionary-thebloodroad/
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    The Gothic War 376-382 AD

    And here's a third post on the time-period - looking at the challeneg of piecing together the rather fragmented history following the retirement of the main chronicler, Ammianus Marcellinus: A Gap in History - picking up the pieces after the chronicles of Ammianus Marcellinus https://historytheinterestingbits.com/2018/07/31/guest-post-a-gap-in-history-by-gordon-doherty/
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    The Gothic War 376-382 AD

    Also, if you liked the original post, here's the follow up: a blog examining the end of the 376-382 AD Gothic War and the 'peace deal' that sowed the seeds of Roman Europe's turbulent future! http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/acrimsonpeace
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    The Gothic War 376-382 AD

    Hello Guy (Gaius 😉), Thanks for the reply. Yes I have a copy of Kulikowski - it's one of my staple books on this topic. Re the division of the Goths, Jordanes - in writing his Getica (Origins of the Goths) in the 6th c AD - complicates matters by conflating and confusing the history of the people. The Amal and Balti families are more likely to have been much later (possible 5th or even 6th century) dynasties than he claims. Peter Heather dissects Jordanes brilliantly in this volume: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Romans-332-489-Oxford-Historical-Monographs/dp/0198202342 (see pages 19 and 59) Removing the Amal/Balthi confusion clears the matter up quite considerably. What does that leave us with? The most solidly-attestable Gothic starting point is their time north of the Danube in the 3rd/4th centuries AD, when they existed in many tribal groupings, the two largest of which were the Thervingi (in an area roughly corresponding to modern-day Romania) and the Greuthingi (around the Crimea region). When the Huns arrived from the steppe and began throwing their weight around, a large proportion - possible a majority - of these Gothic tribes fled into the Roman Empire seeking a mutually beneficial treaty with Eastern Emperor Valens. What followed (the Gothic War) is covered in my timeline, but it is only after the war subsided that the Visigothic 'identity' began to arise amongst the Goths now settled in Roman territory. Essentially, this grouping would have been a mish-mash of Thervingi, Greuthingi, Taifali, Alans and even some mercenary Huns too - basically everyone who crossed the river in 376 AD and survived the subsequent Gothic War. The Ostrogothic identity arose within the Gothic people who chose not to cross the river in 376 AD. These people - again a mish-mash of tribes (some Thervingi, some Greuthingi etc etc) - fell under the Hunnic yoke at first before forging their identity after the Huns faded away (~453 AD). The origins of the terms Visigoth and Ostrogoth are disputed. I'm not convinced by Kulikowski's West/East theory. The term 'Vesi' in the Gothic language supposedly meant 'worthy' and 'Ostro' roughly means 'shining' (like dawn and very likely linked to the Germanic goddess, Ostara). Ostro came to eventually (long after antiquity) mean East in English. Worthy and Shining sound more like terms a people would call themselves, as opposed to Western and Eastern. That's my thinking on it anyway. Sorry if you knew most of that - but I found it helped me to express it!
  7. A short outline of events after the Goths' entry into the ERE in 376 AD: http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/timelineofthegothicwar Some say this struggle was the catalyst for the Western Empire's fall. There is a plausible chain reaction theory to back that up (autonomous Goths living in empire post-382->Alaric->Visigothic identity->overreliance on 'foederati'), but I wondered what other people thought?
  8. It took me a long time to get round to reading this, and , in short, I'm kicking myself I didn’t do it sooner. So, I hope this review whets the appetite for anyone who has this volume on their TBR list! 'Legio XVII: Roman Legion at War' is unusual and unique in its style in that it is written from a distant third person point of view. In ways it reminded me of the style employed in the colourful and thrilling 'docudramas' of the History Channel. But the unique part comes with Mr Timmes' ability to shed that distant perspective and swoop down like an eagle and perch close to - almost upon the shoulder of - the protagonists in moments of extreme stress or emotion. And there were plenty such moments… continue to the review of Legio XVII: Roman Legion at War by Thomas A. Timmes
  9. I set out to write the Legionary series to indulge in Late Antiquity. It's been an incredible journey and I often find that writing about the past serves as a 'time machine' of sorts. The experience has given me so much. And so I thought it was about time I gave something back. So I've turned the spotlight on the famous old legion at the heart of the saga - Legio Undecima Claudia Pia Fidelis, or the XI Claudia - to explore their past and highlight just how much they went through before the few years I have had the pleasure of marching with them…http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/thexiclaudia If anyone has any theories or thoughts re. the eventual fate of the XI Claudia (phased into the Byzantine themes, destroyed or disbanded, maybe?), I'd be keen to hear them. Cheers, Gordon
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    Exhibition: Hadrian's Cavalry

    Thanks. We're going in July. Should be some spectacle!
  11. Hi All, Just a shout out to let you know that my new Legionary novel - 'Empire of Shades' - is out. If you're not familiar with the series, it's Late Roman, and is set in the Eastern Empire during the time of Valens and Theodosius. Here's the foxy cover art and a teaser intro 379 AD: Thracia has fallen to the Gothic horde… With the ashes of Adrianople still swirling in the air, the Eastern Roman Empire is in turmoil. The emperor is dead, the throne lies empty and the remaining fragments of the army are few and scattered. Numerius Vitellius Pavo, now Tribunus of the XI Claudia, tries to hold his patchwork ranks together amidst the storm. One of the few legions to have survived the disaster at Adrianople, the Claudia do what they can to keep alive the dying flame of hope. When word spreads of a new Eastern Emperor, those hopes rise. But the coming of this leader will stir the Gothic War to new heights. And it will cast Pavo headlong into the sights of the one responsible for the East’s plight – a man mighty and seemingly untouchable, and one who will surely crush any who dares to challenge him. From the ashes of Adrianople, new heroes will rise… with dark ghosts in close pursuit. Paperback and eBook, available here: Amazon UK Amazon USA And there's plenty of goodies - free samples, imagery and companion short stories etc - here: http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/legionary/legionary-empire-of-shades---free-prologue http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/legionary/legionary6gallery http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/cityoftheblind If you decide to try, I hope you enjoy. Would be great to hear your thoughts too. Cheers, Gordon
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    The Fall of Rome - a must-listen podcast

    Ah, yes, I know the man behind the username - and his work
  13. I've been listening to this over the last few months. Quality content that digs deep and shines light on the why when where and who of the fall of the West. Recommended!
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    The Late Roman Legionary - Armour or no Armour?

    Ah, I see. From what I've read, Diocletian's centralised fabricae (at least some of them) remained in place throughout Vegetius' era and well beyond into the 5th century, but it sounds like the system changed a fair bit in that time. What sources can you recommend re the diversity of the fabricae system? PS - glad to be here
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    The Late Roman Legionary - Armour or no Armour?

    I agree that Vegetius' probably misunderstood the commando/guerrilla style warfare introduced/escalated in the 4th century and misinterpreted it as a failing rather than an innovation. I'm still not sure re the fabricae argument though. Vegetius is quite specific in stating that "From the foundation of the city till the reign of the Emperor Gratian, the foot wore cuirasses and helmets". The fabricae had been in place since Diocletian's time, so it would seem odd if they were to suddenly falter and fail to serve their purpose after nearly 100 years of delivery. P.S. Caldrail - I just realised why your username is familiar to me: have we had a similar debate to this on WorldHistoria? http://www.worldhistoria.com/topic129265.html
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