Alessandro Barbero

Alessandro Barbero teaches Medieval Studies at the Universita del Piemonte Orientale. In 1996, he was awarded the Strega Prize, Italy's most prestigious literary award.


Barbero has mastered the vast scholarly output on his subject. He possesses the historian's gift of summarizing a complex situation in a single sentence.Raymond Carr

On the lines of Peter Heather's brilliant The Fall of the Roman Empire... A cracking tale, well researched and beautifully paced.Peter Jones
Literary Review

[Barbero's] lucid, flowing narrative not only brings alive the military leaders and the problems they had to overcome, but also re-creates the lot of the ordinary footsoldiers. Rarely is history recounted in such a stimulating fashion.
Yorkshire Evening Post

Elegant and pleasurable - what a joy it is to read about the ancient world in digestible portions.Steve Coates
New York Times