Why Did the Barbarian Cross the Rhine?

  title={Why Did the Barbarian Cross the Rhine?},
  author={Peter J. Heather},
  journal={Journal of Late Antiquity},
  pages={29 - 3}
  • P. Heather
  • Published 20 March 2009
  • History
  • Journal of Late Antiquity
On the last day of 406 a large coalition of barbarian groups crossed the Rhine. No surviving contemporary source tells us why. Two recent studies have accepted that large numbers of outsiders were involved in the action, but whereas I argued in 1995 that further westward movement on the part of the nomadic Huns was the likeliest trigger of the bigger crisis, Walter Goffart and Guy Halsall have suggested that divisions between the two halves of the western empire and/or an effective withdrawal… 
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