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The Ostrogoths from the Migration Period to the Sixth Century : An Ethnographic Perspective - Samuel Barnish

The Ostrogoths from the Migration Period to the Sixth Century

An Ethnographic Perspective

By: Samuel Barnish (Editor), Federico Marazzi (Editor)

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Among the Germanic tribes who ruled the fragments of the western Roman empire, the Ostrogoths enjoyed the greatest wealth and splendour. Conquering Italy itself from the warlord Odoacer, they inherited the buildings, traditions, and administrative apparatus of imperial rule, and revived the empire in Spain, southern Gaul and the northwest Balkans. Aspects of their history and empire examined here include their ethnic identity in Italy and relations (as Asian heretics) with the Catholic Church; the vicissitudes of sixth century Rome, the monuments of the period in Ravenna; their influence on the economy, settlements, and social structures throughout Italy; the interweaving of society and administration with their internal and external politics; and the history of their Spanish empire. There are also studies of the Goths in eastern Europe before the emergence of the Ostrogoths, and under Hunnic rule. The whole significantly advances an understanding of how medieval Europe evolved from the combination of Roman civilisation with Germanic outsiders. Contributors: S. BARNISH, G.P. BROGLIO, T.S. BROWN, P.C. DIAZ, D.H. GREEN, W. HAUBRICHS, P. HEATHER, M. KAZANSKI, A. KOKOWSKI, F. MARAZZI, G. NOYE, I.WOOD.

Introductionp. 1
Merely an Ideology? - Gothic Identity in Ostrogothic Italyp. 31
Discussionp. 60
The Ostrogoths and the Princely Civilization of the Fifth Centuryp. 81
Appendicesp. 91
Discussionp. 100
Dwellings and Settlements in Gothic Italyp. 113
Brescia and Verona: two converging archaeological models
Changes in building
New building models
Continuity in use of ancient buildings
Production and exchange
From archaeological evidence to an interpretive model
Discussionp. 133
Germanic and Gothic Kinship Terminologyp. 143
The Structure of Proto-Indo-European (PIE) Kinship Terminology
Germanic kinship terminology
Gothic and West-Germanic kinship terminology compared
Discussionp. 173
Social Relations in Southern Italyp. 183
The economic and social substratum at the end of the fifth century
The Ostrogothic rule
Discussionp. 202
The Agriculture of the Goths Between the First and Fifth Centuries ADp. 221
Quality of the sources about the history of agriculture in central and eastern Europe
The agriculture of the Goths - a preliminary synthesis
Discussionp. 236
Theoderic's Monuments in Ravennap. 249
Discussionp. 263
He Last Rome: From the End of the Fifth to the End of the Sixth Centuryp. 279
The problem: imagining the "end" of a city
Rome and the year 476: the City and the end of the Western Empire
Condition of the City at the end of the fifth century
The material structure of the City
Availability of goods and consumption
Power equilibria in the City between the end of the fifth and the first third of the sixth century and the composition of the population
Discussionp. 303
Cuncta Italiae Membra Componere: Political Relations in Ostrogothic Italyp. 317
Discussionp. 337
Goths Confronting Goths: Ostrogothic Political Relations in Hispaniap. 353
A single origin and two different peoples
Development of relations between Ostrogoths and Visigoths
The Ostrogoths dominate the Visigoths
The Visigoths recover political authority
Discussionp. 376
Linguistic and Literary Traces of the Ostrogothsp. 387
Discussionp. 404
The Role of Arianism in Ostrogothic Italy: The Evidence from Ravennap. 417
Conclusionp. 423
Discussionp. 427
Conclusionp. 443
Location in space and time
Kinship and marriage
Jural relations and conflict
Urban economy and trade
Political relations
Symbolic life
Indexp. 481
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ISBN: 9781843830740
ISBN-10: 1843830744
Series: Studies in Historical Archaeoethnology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st August 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.54