Roma capta

Il Sacco della città dai Galli ai Lanzichenecchi


Here is a narrative fresco, throughout the history of the sacks of Rome, recounts the chaotic and full of surprises end of the Western Roman Empire.

From the fifth century, Rome was repeatedly sacked by the Barbarians. The most famous of these remains that of 410 by the Goths of Alaric but there were others: by Vandals from Carthage, by the Barbarians General Ricimer and the Ostrogothic Chief Totila who very nearly destroyed the city. Based on a close reading of the sources and the latest findings from archeology, the book traces the succession of attacks and the tools used by the Romans to repair the injury. It paints a vivid picture of the last decades of imperial Rome, battles, betrayals and reversals of alliance, while the influence of the Christian church was growing and on the background the provinces of Empire, shared between the barbarian kingdoms, were collapsing. The city long retained the traumatic memory of these assaults, which was still awake when the imperial armies of Charles V besieged again in 1527.

Umberto Roberto
Year of Publication
Translated in:
Seuil (2015)
With the title:
Rome fauce aux Barbares
Editori associati (tassonomia)