Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians John Bagnell Bury

 

John Bagnell Bury’s Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians takes the story of the fall of the Roman Empire and tells it from the barbarian point of view.  This is not the normal perspective on the story, but it is a more positive way to look at it.  After all, when the empire fell a lot of new states were created and each of them has its own story.  So from this point of view Alaric, the first man to sack Rome, is seen as an ambitious and capable ruler who was just trying to get his share of the action.  But this doesn’t detract from the drama of the story.   Continue reading Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians John Bagnell Bury

Zenobia the Musical

I am afraid I know almost nothing about this, but as this is the Internet I am not going to let that stop me.

Sorry this video has been removed.  I hear a production is in progress in Illinois, so hopefully some trailer will make it onto YouTube at some point. 

I have just come across this rather amazing Youtube video of a musical version of the life of Zenobia.  I am a bit behind the times because it seems to have been put on in Dubai in 2008.  And boy must it have been spectacular judging the by the clip with a huge cast up to and including horses and camels.  The music sounds pretty good too.

It is good to see Zenobia getting some decent billing and being portrayed in a positive light.  I have previously covered the full story of Zenobia but I don’t know how well she is known in the Arab world – though I guess this musical must have raised her profile whatever it was.  I hope some people were inspired.