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The Danube Crossing and Gothic War

P. J. Heather

in Goths and Romans 332–489

Published in print August 1994 | ISBN: 9780198205357
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676581 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205357.003.0004

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Danube Crossing and Gothic War

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This chapter discusses the crossing of the Tervingi and the Greuthungi across the Danube, which unexpectedly led to the Gothic War, after Emperor Valens refused to bring the Greuthungi across the river. The war also led to the death of Valens, who was killed on a plain outside the city of Hadrianople. Based on the petitions of the Tervingi and the Greuthungi, these Goths came to the Danube because the Huns had destroyed their hold on lands north of the river. The chapter attempts to answer the question: why did peaceful co-operation degenerate into violence?

Keywords: Tervingi; Greuthungi; Danube; Gothic War; Emperor Valens; Huns

Chapter.  13893 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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