This is a directory and jump page for the eleven articles covering the Demise and Fall of the Roman Empire before and at the times of Justinian I, Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Iustinianus Augustus, c. 482 – November 14, 565), traditionally known as Justinian the Great and also Saint Justinian the Great in the Eastern Orthodox Church.


Our special treat: Full Movie (with English Subtitles) of the big German 1968 production of “The Last Roman” (Kampf um Rom) with Orson Welles as Justinian, Lawrence Harvey as Cethegus and Sylvia Koscina as Theodora on YouTube:

Part I (720p)

Part II (480p)


Article 1: Barbarians at the Gates


Justinian by Antoine Helbert

Article 2: The End of the Legions


Article 3: Alaric and the Sack of Rome


Article 4: The Fall of the West – Vandals, Goths and Huns


Justinian’s Empire at its greatest expanse, around AD 560

Article 5: The Gothic Wars



Article 6: Theodora


Article 7: Procopius and the Secret History



Article 8: Clovis – The Rise of the Franks



Article 9: Breakup of the West after Charlemagne


Tintoretto – The Fall of Constantinople

Article 10: The End of Rome and the Rise of France and Germany


Article 11: The Rise and Fall of the Empire (animated GIF)

Check also: Realm of History, a page with gorgeous reconstructed pics of Constantinople.


(© John Vincent Palatine 2015/20)

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