Chapter 8. Cultural Life under the Vandals

  1. Andy Merrills and
  2. Richard Miles

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch8

The Vandals

The Vandals

How to Cite

Merrills, A. and Miles, R. (2010) Cultural Life under the Vandals, in The Vandals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch8

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



  • cultural life under Vandals - survival of imperial panegyric in North Africa;
  • literary life of Vandal North Africa;
  • Latin poetry in Vandal kingdom - domination by collections of verses;
  • fashion for poetry - in Hasding kingdom;
  • culture of North Africa and fate of cities under Vandals;
  • urban culture and ‘The Good Life’ - Vandal invasion ending urban civilization of North Africa;
  • Antonine Baths at Carthage;
  • survival and decay patterns - in North African kingdom;
  • private architecture of Carthage;
  • Vandal Africa and educational system - in a relatively healthy state


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Urban Culture and ‘The Good Life’

  • Private Architecture in Carthage

  • Institutional Continuity

  • Education, Education, Education

  • In Praise of the King: The Survival of Imperial Panegyric in Vandal North Africa

  • Creating the Secular Middle Ground