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The Goths in the Fourth Century

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Of all the Germanic Peoples who were later to carve out successor kingdoms to the Roman empire, much more is known of the Goths than of any other group in the period before the great migrations of the late fourth and early fifth centuries. The Goths are thus of unique importance in our evaluation of the kinds of changes that these migrations worked upon the tribal neighbou ...more
Paperback, First, 202 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Liverpool University Press
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Jan-Maat
Perhaps you've lain awake at night wondering how well you'd cope if zapped back in time to fourth century Romania, or maybe at idle moments the question has crossed your mind - just how hard was it to become an early Christian martyr?

If so these and many other persistent, nagging worries can be easily resolved by tucking into Heather & Matthews' book The Goths in the Fourth Century which combines a mismatched rag bag of surviving tatters of information about the Goths to provide as complete
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Birgitta Hoffmann
This is probably still the best collection of text and archaeological evidence on the Goths, before they cross the Danube in English. They text contain all the sources except Jordanes and Ammianus Marcellinus (both of which are available elsewhere) and given Peter Heather's view's on Jordanes, it is hardly surprising he decided to exclude him.

The sources are all accompanied by a short introduction to put them in context, which makes them usually easy to understand and are thus very welcome.

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Samuel Valentino
Jan 04, 2014 Samuel Valentino rated it it was amazing
I had been reading history of this time period, and the books kept referencing the same original texts. I wanted to find them, and came across this book. When I read the intro, it said they collected the texts in this one volume for that very reason! Therefore, if you're interested in the period at all, this is a perfect book. It even introduces the gothic alphabet, along with samples of the Gothic Bible, with help translating it. A really fantastic resource.
Bogdan Suceava
Feb 02, 2014 Bogdan Suceava rated it it was amazing
Extremely useful work for anyone interested in the Dark Age European period.
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