By Jonathan Arnold, Shane Bjornlie, Kristina Sessa

ISBN-10: 9004313761

ISBN-13: 9789004313767

A better half to Ostrogothic Italy is a concise but finished 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 offer readers with probing syntheses of contemporary scholarship on key issues, from the Ostrogothic military and management to non secular variety and ecclesiastical improvement, ethnicity, cultural achievements, urbanism, and the agricultural economic system. considerably, the quantity additionally offers leading edge stories of hitherto under-examined subject matters, together with the Ostrogothic provinces past the Italian lands, gender and the Ostrogothic court docket, and Ostrogothic Italy’s environmental heritage. that includes paintings via a global panel of students, the amount is designed for either new scholars and experts within the box.

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489. 63 As a strategy of legitimation, the rhetoric of Amal legitimacy was situational and tuned to the aims and audiences of the respective texts—much as the stress on civilitas, the functional division of Goths and Romans, the martial valour of the Gothic gens, or the imperial quality of the Ostrogothic state. In a complex political environment in which the Amal rulers had to negotiate the loyalties and interests of diverse groups, there was need for both strategies of integration and strategies of distinction.

138–41. 77 On the literary image of Theoderic, see Goltz, Barbar-König-Tyrann. 78 The Anonymus Valesianus inserts the Boethius affair into the broader context of a narrative about the ultimate failure of Theoderic’s imperial experiment in Italy. 79 Religious differences were also a touchstone in deteriorating relations with the eastern empire. Shortly after the trial, Theoderic sent an embassy led by the bishop of Rome, John, and a number of high-ranking senators to Constantinople in order to dissuade the emperor from pursuing measures against the ‘Arian’ (non-Nicene) churches in the East.

Mommsen. 35 Both Jordanes and Procopius of course wrote with hindsight: their accounts of the beginning of Theoderic’s reign and his rule were shaped by the climate of the 550s, when the legitimacy of Ostrogothic rule over Italy had become an explosive issue against the background of Justinian’s attempt to restore direct imperial control over the West. 36 Already in the 6th century, there were thus diverse vocabularies of power available to characterize the rule of Theoderic and his successors.

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