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By Andrew Merrills

The beginning, development and decline of the Vandal and Berber Kingdoms in North Africa have frequently been forgotten in stories of the past due Roman and post-Roman West. even though fresh archaeological task has alleviated this case, the tremendous and disparate physique of written facts from the quarter is still relatively overlooked. the current quantity makes an attempt to redress this imbalance via an exam of the altering cultural panorama of fifth- and 6th-century North Africa. Many questions which have been imperative inside different parts of overdue old reviews are right here requested of the North African facts for the 1st time. Vandals, Romans and Berbers considers problems with ethnicity, identification and nation formation in the Vandal kingdoms and the Berber polities, via new research of the textual, epigraphic and archaeological checklist. It reassesses the various physique of written fabric that has survived from Africa, and questions its authorship, viewers and serve as, in addition to its historic price to the trendy pupil. the ultimate part is anxious with the non secular alterations of the interval, and demanding situations a number of the cozy certainties that experience arisen within the attention of North African Christianity, together with the tensions among 'Donatist', Catholic and Arian, and the intended disappearance of the religion after the Arab conquest. all through, makes an attempt are made to evaluate the relation of Vandal and Berber states to the broader global and the significance of the African facts to the wider realizing of the post-Roman international.

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