On this day in AD 455: the beginning of the end for Rome

On 2 June AD 455, Gaiseric and his Vandals arrived at Rome’s gates. What followed was two weeks that shook the world.

At least that’s how it’s often told. In fact, it was a lot less dramatic.

The Vandals were the second group of “barbarians” to sack Rome. The first attack had come on 24 August 410, when Alaric the Visigoth had looted the city for three days. Even though Alaric was a Christian, and the capital of the Western Roman Empire had moved to Ravenna, his assault had genuinely sent shock waves around the Mediterranean and throughout the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. So by the time of Gaiseric and his Vandals in 455, people had seen it all before.

  • Scaramouche

    The barbarians prevailed against Rome–and they weren’t even waging jihad for the sake of furthering Islam and sharia.

    • jayme

      Fleeing from the Huns, largely. I guess Muslims are effectively fleeing from Allah since his rule (and Hell’s too) seems to be, paraphrasing CS Lewis: provide food or become food yourself. Their deity has quite the appetite.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Does anyone know why Karl Bryullov’s “The Sack of Rome” has a menorah?

  • Agincourt

    I’ll just leave this here

    • Linda1000

      I am never travelling east of the SK/MB border again. There are too many very bad diseases in eastern Canada, especially Ontario and Quebec.

      • jayme

        You’ll be missing out on some wonderful gay pride parades and halal restaurants 😉

      • Clink9

        We’re at the end of the Hershey Highway.

    • This is so sick.

  • Alain

    We are so much more advanced than those ancient Romans, because we, the West, open our gates and invite hordes of barbarians inside.

    • I am wondering which European city the Muslim barbarians will be conquering and sacking soon. London? Paris? The present rulers of Europe are so incredibly weak and clueless that it is only a matter of time. Notice how ISIS has suddenly taken over a Philippines city a few days ago; no one expected it apparently.

      • canminuteman

        And the MSM have’t even deemed it to be worth reporting.