By Jonathan Arnold, Shane Bjornlie, Kristina Sessa

ISBN-10: 9004313761

ISBN-13: 9789004313767

A significant other to Ostrogothic Italy is a concise but entire leading edge survey of the increase and fall of Italy’s first barbarian nation, the Ostrogothic kingdom (ca. 489-554 CE). The volume’s 18 essays supply readers with probing syntheses of modern scholarship on key subject matters, from the Ostrogothic military and management to spiritual variety and ecclesiastical improvement, ethnicity, cultural achievements, urbanism, and the agricultural economic climate. considerably, the amount additionally offers leading edge experiences of hitherto under-examined subject matters, together with the Ostrogothic provinces past the Italian lands, gender and the Ostrogothic courtroom, and Ostrogothic Italy’s environmental heritage. that includes paintings via a world panel of students, the quantity is designed for either new scholars and experts within the box.

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42 Schäfer, Senat, pp. 170–211; Moorhead, Theoderic, pp. 147–58. 43 For details, see Bjornlie in this volume. Barnwell, Emperor, pp. 140–69 puts greater emphasis on change underlying a façade of continuity. 26 Heydemann state emerges as essentially Roman. 44 The changes that Theoderic introduced are probably less ‘un-Roman’ than they have been often made out to be. 46 There has been fierce debate among historians about whether the barbarian armies who established their rule in the Roman territories received land for settlement or rather a share of the tax revenues.

It is therefore important to bear in mind the extent to which our understanding of the Ostrogothic state is conditioned by narratives and ideologies of transition created in the 6th century. Theoderic’s Imperial Kingdom For Theoderic, as for Odovacer before him, recognition by the emperor in the East was crucial. Embassies seeking confirmation of his position had been sent to Constantinople even before Theoderic had achieved undisputed control over Italy. However, Zeno died in 491 and his successor Anastasius was reluctant to acknowledge Theoderic’s rule.

Dewing. Schäfer, Senat, pp. 263–75. 123 Sotinel, “Autorité pontificale”; Sessa in this volume. 14. For the Catholic clergy, see Amory, People, pp. 225–7. 125 In 550, with the Persian war drawing to a close, Justinian was finally able to intensify the western campaign. He appointed a new commander-in-chief for Italy, namely his cousin Germanus. 126 In any case, Germanus died on the way to Italy in 550. He was replaced by Narses, who quickly regained lost ground for the imperial side. 129 This is an interesting document for what it tells us about the measures taken in the face of economic and social instabilities caused by war, but also for the retrospective imperial view of the legitimacy of Ostrogothic government.

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