Chapter 2. From the Danube to Africa

  1. Andy Merrills and
  2. Richard Miles

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch2

The Vandals

The Vandals

How to Cite

Merrills, A. and Miles, R. (2010) From the Danube to Africa, in The Vandals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 FEB 2010

Book Series:

  1. The Peoples of Europe

Book Series Editors:

  1. James Campbell and
  2. Barry Cunliffe

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160681

Online ISBN: 9781444318074



  • from the Danube to Africa;
  • barbarian group, Astingi - entering Roman province of Dacia;
  • Dio's Roman History and Skythica of Dexippus - military and political chaos of Roman Balkans;
  • Vandals, in extraordinary prominence during fifth and sixth centuries;
  • Vandals, being forced back over the frontiers;
  • weakening Roman military presence around Rhine-Danube re-entrant;
  • archaeology of Vandals on the frontier;
  • conflict of Marcomannic Wars in mid-second and abandonment of Dacia;
  • Rhine crossing of 406 and ‘decline and fall of the Roman Empire’;
  • Boniface's military reputation - ranking as comes domesticorum et Africae (Count of the Households and of Africa)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Archaeology of the Vandals on the Frontier

  • 406 and All That

  • Into Spain

  • Vandal Identity at the Time of the Invasion

  • Into Africa

  • AD 429: The Crossing

  • Movement within North Africa