The Ostrogoths from the Migration Period to the Sixth Century

The Ostrogoths from the Migration Period to the Sixth Century

An Ethnographic Perspective

Edited by Samuel Barnish, Federico Marazzi

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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

Essays examining the Ostrogoths, the richest and most powerful Germanic tribe to emerge after the fall of the Roman Empire, and their role in the evolution of medieval Europe.
Among the Germanic tribes who ruled the fragments of the western Roman empire, the Ostrogoths enjoyed the greatest wealth and splendour. Conquering Italy itself from the warlord Odoacer, they inherited the buildings, traditions, and administrative apparatus of imperial rule, and revived the empire in Spain, southern Gaul and the northwest Balkans. Aspects of their history and empire examined here include their ethnic identity in Italy and relations (as Asian heretics) with the Catholic Church; the vicissitudes of sixth century Rome, the monuments of the period in Ravenna; their influence on the economy, settlements, and social structures throughout Italy; the interweaving of society and administration with their internal and external politics; and the history of their Spanish empire. There are also studies of the Goths in eastern Europe before the emergence of the Ostrogoths, and under Hunnic rule. The whole significantly advances an understanding of how medieval Europe evolved from the combination of Roman civilisation with Germanic outsiders.

Contributors: S. BARNISH, G.P. BROGLIO, T.S. BROWN, P.C. DIAZ, D.H. GREEN, W. HAUBRICHS, P. HEATHER, M. KAZANSKI, A. KOKOWSKI, F. MARAZZI, G. NOYE, I. WOOD

Details

August 2007
320 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Historical Archaeoethnology
ISBN: 9781843830740
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC GTB, 1DD, 2AB, 3F, 4P
BISAC HIS010000, HIS020000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Merely an Ideology? - Gothic Identity in Ostrogothic Italy
The Ostrogoths and the Princely Civilization of the Fifth Century
Dwellings and Settlements in Gothic Italy
Germanic and Gothic Kinship Terminology
Social Relations in Southern Italy
The Agriculture of the Goths Between the First and Fifth Centuries AD
Theoderic's Monuments in Ravenna
The Last Rome: From the End of the Fifth to the End of the Sixth Century
Cuncta Italiae Membra Componere: Political Relations in Ostrogothic Italy
Goths Confronting Goths: Ostrogothic Political Relations in Hispania
Linguistic and Literary Traces of the Ostrogoths
The Role of Arianism in Ostrogothic Italy: The Evidence from Ravenna
Conclusion
Index

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