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Ward-Perkins, The Fall of Rome(Oxford, 2005), chaps. 2–5, esp. p.43, emphasizes the devastating and immediate consequences of the barbarian invasion of 406–7. 28 Greg. Tur. 2.8, quoting from the history of Renatus Frigeridus, provides an important summary of Aetius' life. 29 Jordanes, Get. XLIX, 254–8 on the death and funeral of Attila. 30 Hydatius, Chronicle 49. For the earlier history of the Vandals, see H. Wolfram, The Roman Empire and its Germanic Peoples (Berkeley, 1997), 159–63. 31 Victor of Vita 1.1. For the origins, early history, and ethnic definition of the Vandals, see W. Pohl, “The Vandals: fragments of a narrative,” in A. Merrills (ed.), Vandals, Romans and Berbers. New perspectives on late antique North Africa (London, 2004), 31–48. W. Goffart, Romans and Barbarians AD 418–584. Techniques of Accommodation (1980), 231–5, argues that the figure of 80,000 is historically baseless. 32 H. Wolfram, The Roman Empire and its Germanic Peoples (California, 1997), 166; W. 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Triumphal Rulership in Late Antiquity, Byzantium and the Early Medieval West (Cambridge, 1986), 65, 125; M. Meier, ZPE 138 (2002), 287.103 Procopius, Bell. Vand. 4.19.3–4 summarizes his virtues, but needs to be read with a critical eye, as Procopius was a close associate and admirer of Solomon.104 See the sculpted head reproduced by R. Browning, Justinian and Theodora (1971), fig. 6.105 Procopius, Bell. Goth. 6.1–2. He claims to have catalogued 67 Gothic–Roman engagements up to December 536, the end of the second year of the war, which were to be followed by two final ones before the siege was lifted (Bell. Goth. 6.2.37–8).