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Perceiving the World of War

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This chapter discusses the analysis of late and post-Roman perceptions on the waging of war and those who fought. It deals with the question how the act of waging war was characterised by contemporary writers, and whether an author's ethnic or religious affiliation affected his ways of valuating it. The chapter determines how those who fought were represented by those who wrote, and what these depictions tell about the more general contemporary perceptions of the former. To complete the picture of what can be said about how armed violence and those who made use of it were perceived by those who lived in Gaul between the fifth and the seventh centuries. The chapter attempts to reconstruct how those who fought and those who did not might have perceived and experienced armed violence, and what significance they attributed to both war and peace.

Keywords: Gaul; peace; war



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