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By Jonathan Arnold, Shane Bjornlie, Kristina Sessa

ISBN-10: 9004313761

ISBN-13: 9789004313767

A spouse to Ostrogothic Italy is a concise but entire leading edge survey of the increase and fall of Italy’s first barbarian state, the Ostrogothic nation (ca. 489-554 CE). The volume’s 18 essays offer readers with probing syntheses of contemporary scholarship on key themes, from the Ostrogothic military and management to spiritual range and ecclesiastical improvement, ethnicity, cultural achievements, urbanism, and the agricultural economic climate. considerably, the quantity additionally offers cutting edge stories of hitherto under-examined themes, together with the Ostrogothic provinces past the Italian lands, gender and the Ostrogothic courtroom, and Ostrogothic Italy’s environmental background. that includes paintings through a global panel of students, the quantity is designed for either new scholars and experts within the box.

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158–60 and in this volume. 46 Halsall in this volume. ), Expropriations. 47 See also Halsall in this volume. 49 Apart from lawful government, civilitas was demonstrated by the ruler himself through dispensing justice, taking care of the poor, and investing in public infrastructure and the urban fabric. 50 A closely entangled problem was how to conceptualize the social and political role of the new ‘Gothic’ ruling elite and its relationship to the rest of Italian society. The basic answer provided by the court in Ravenna was the idea of a functional division, where the ‘Goths’ represented the military elite responsible for the defence and security of Italy, while the ‘Romans’ were entrusted with the maintenance of civil government and culture.

For a critique of nationalist paradigms, Geary, Myth of Nations, pp. 15–40; Wood, Modern Origins. 9 Brown, Through the Eye, pp. 392–4; Halsall, Barbarian Migrations, pp. 470–82; Heather, Fall, pp. 432–43; Arnold, Theoderic, pp. 74–6 for Ostrogothic Italy. 20 Heydemann contemporary actors interpreted, negotiated, and legitimized the political and ideological shifts and transitions. Indeed many of the issues at stake in modern debates were already discussed in similar terms by the authors of our sources.

This has resulted in quite diverse, and only partially overlapping, narratives for framing Ostrogothic history, which continue to elicit lively debates among historians. Did the emergence of Ostrogothic rule mark the end of the Roman Empire in the West, and its replacement by a barbarian kingdom the transition to a different early medieval world? Or was it rather the short-lived renaissance of the western empire? How was the position of the Ostrogothic state defined in relation to the empire in the East?

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