Chapter 5. The Vandal Kingdom and the Wider World, AD 439–534

  1. Andy Merrills and
  2. Richard Miles

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch5

The Vandals

The Vandals

How to Cite

Merrills, A. and Miles, R. (2010) The Vandal Kingdom and the Wider World, AD 439–534, in The Vandals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch5

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



  • vandal kingdom and the wider world, AD 439–534;
  • Vandal ‘foreign policy’ - a macabre oxymoron;
  • The Phoney War, 439–455 - capture of Carthage in AD 439;
  • new ground in Romano-barbarian relations;
  • Huns, and not Vandals - greatest threat to western empire in mid fifth century;
  • sacking of Rome and Fourth Punic War, 455–474;
  • treaty of 461/2 - Geiseric's entry into labyrinthine world of imperial politics;
  • distinctive Vandal system of dating and Bir Trouch ostraka;
  • Vandal Sicily and Vandal ‘triumphs of land and sea’;
  • Thrasamund's marriage with Ostrogothic princess Amalafrida - a momentous political event


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • 439–455: The Phoney War

  • 455–474. The Sack of Rome and the Fourth Punic War

  • 477–533. The Vandal Empire in a Changing World