Feb 3, 2010 Comments Off
Our book, AD410 The Year That Shook Rome, will be published by the British Museum Press in March 2010. It celebrates (if that’s the right word) a hotly debated event, whose 1600th anniversary is being marked this year: the sack of Rome by Alaric and his Goths.
In the week which sees the launch of the British Museum’s excellent series for BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in 100 Objects, it’s salutary to remember that objects and artefacts, while contributing so much to our knowledge of antiquity, call tell only part of the story.
If our book succeeds at all, it will be in good part down to the different backgrounds from which Sam and I approached the subject. Sam’s background is principally that of an archaeologist and numismatist (at the British Museum), while I am a classicist with a fair experience of translating, adapting and staging ancient Greek drama. Together, then, we bring to the story not only a rigorously scholarly approach, but – as importantly – an understanding of the human dimension.