A Companion to Ostrogothic Italy by Jonathan Arnold, Shane Bjornlie, Kristina Sessa

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By Jonathan Arnold, Shane Bjornlie, Kristina Sessa

A better half to Ostrogothic Italy is a concise but accomplished leading edge survey of the increase and fall of Italy’s first barbarian country, the Ostrogothic kingdom (ca. 489-554 CE). The volume’s 18 essays supply readers with probing syntheses of modern scholarship on key themes, 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 provides cutting edge reports of hitherto under-examined themes, together with the Ostrogothic provinces past the Italian lands, gender and the Ostrogothic court docket, and Ostrogothic Italy’s environmental background. that includes paintings through a world panel of students, the amount is designed for either new scholars and experts within the box.

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The narrative of the last years of his life is almost inevitably told in the form of a grim epilogue to an otherwise prosperous reign. This is due to the fact that there are very few sources covering this period, and those which have been preserved were written from an extremely hostile perspective. 77 Boethius, in his Consolation of Philosophy, written during imprisonment, denounces the injustice and lawlessness of the court in Ravenna and laments the loss of Roman political freedom (libertas Romana) 72 Heather, “Theoderic”, p.

103 In 534 Athalaric died, leaving his mother in a precarious position. She decided to elevate her cousin Theodahad, who had previously been outflanked in the competition for the throne, as her co-ruler. 105 The studied concord between the two rulers did not last very long, for Theodahad soon had Amalasuentha imprisoned, and by early 535 she was dead. 1, with Fauvinet-Ranson, “Portrait”; Vitiello, “Nourished”. 16–30, with Arnold in this volume. 101 Heather, Goths, pp. 276–8; Diaz/Valverde, “Goths”, pp.

26 Heather, Goths, pp. 223–5. See also Lizzi Testa in this volume. The Ostrogothic Kingdom 23 Catholic Church. 28 Theoderic and his courtiers in Ravenna used both the language of kingship and the language of empire to articulate the legitimacy of the Ostrogothic government. In Cassiodorus’ Variae the terms regnum and imperium are used interchangeably for both the Italian realm and the eastern Empire, sometimes differentiating “our realm” from the “eastern realm”, but never with an ‘ethnic’ qualification such as ‘kingdom of the Ostrogoths’.

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