Reconstructing Gothic History

P. J. Heather

in Goths and Romans 332–489

Published in print August 1994 | ISBN: 9780198205357
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676581 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Reconstructing Gothic History

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This chapter introduces the broad outlines of the political history of the Goths in the migration period. It surveys the major surviving sources, both archaeological and literary, and how they have been pieced together in modern historical reconstructions. The chapter also attempts to demonstrate the extent of the influence of Jordanes and then tests the reliability of the Getica against what can be taken from other sources.

Keywords: political history; Goths; migration period; historical reconstructions; influence; Jordanes; reliability; Getic

Chapter.  11275 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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