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Goths and Romans: 332-489

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This is a scholarly study of the collision of Goths and Romans in the fourth and fifth centuries. Gothic tribes played a major role in the destruction of the western half of the Roman Empire between 350 and 500, establishing successor kingdoms in southern France and Spain (the Visigoths), and in Italy (the Ostrogoths).

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published December 12th 1991 by OUP Oxford (first published December 1st 1991)
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Michael Smith
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even with a background in classical studies, I’ve always been much more interested in the supposed “barbarians” who gave the Greeks and the Romans so much trouble, especially the Visigoths and the Franks -- perhaps because I have all sorts of Gothic, Frankish, and Celtic DNA in me. Like so many studies of this type, Heather’s work began as his doctoral thesis on the effects of the Goths on the empire of Rome, especially in Greece and the southern Balkans, where the Goths first ran into the Roman ...more
Birgitta Hoffmann
A well argued detailed discussion of the relationship between the Roman empire and the Goths from the first official contact to the invasion of Italy.
This is not a book for beginners, but if you want a critical assessment of the this period, this book should be on your reading list.
Anatolikon
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly revisionist when it came out most of this book is now orthodoxy. Heather challenges the construction of Gothic history that derives heavily from Jordanes, a late source produced in the Ostrogothic kingdom that was designed to provide a certain history. In this, Heather is reacting mainly to Herwig Wolfram. This means challenging the idea of the movement of the Goths from a Scandinavian homeland. Instead, they were along the Roman borders all along as the Sintana de Mures culture, which st ...more
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