People and Identity in Ostrogothic Italy, 489 554

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Juni 1997



The barbarians of the fifth and sixth centuries were long thought to be races, tribes or ethnic groups who toppled the Roman Empire. This book proposes a new view, through a case study of the Goths of Italy between 489 and 554. The author suggests wholly new ways of understanding barbarian groups and the end of the Western Roman Empire. The book also proposes a complete reinterpretation of the evolution of Christian conceptions of community, and of so-called "Germanic" Arianism.


Preface; Map of Ostrogothic Italy; List of rulers; Introduction: studying the barbarians in late antiquity; 1. Ethnicity, ethnography and community in the fifth and sixth centuries; 2. The Ravenna government and ethnographic identity: from civitas to bellicositas; 3. Individual reactions to ideology. I: names, language and profession; 4. Complementary and competing ideals of community: Italy and the Roman empire; 5. Individual reactions to ideology. II: soldiers, civilians and political allegiance; 6. Catholic communities and Christian empire; 7. Individual reactions to ideology. III: Catholics and Arians; 8. The origin of the Goths and Balkan military culture; Conclusion; Appendix 1: the inquiry into Gundila's property; Appendix 2: the Germanic culture construct; Appendix 3: archaeological and toponymic research on Ostrogothic Italy; Appendix 4: dress, hairstyle and military customs; Prosopographical appendix: a prosopography of the Goths in Italy, 489-554.


'This is a marvellous book.' History
EAN: 9780521571517
ISBN: 0521571510
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Medieval'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 1997
Seitenanzahl: 548 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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