The Germanic Successor States

Ian Wood

in The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780195188318
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

The Germanic Successor States

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This chapter examines the history of the Germanic successor states of the Roman Empire, explaining that it remains unclear whether the Roman territories were conquered or handed over to the German barbarians because the German tribes were not numerous enough to have overthrown the Empire militarily. It suggests that the overall image of the successor kingdoms is one of a run-down version of the late Empire and on a much reduced scale. The chapter also highlights the fact that while the Germanic incomers brought new vitality to the western provinces, it is hard to find much that can be genuinely described as Germanic.

Keywords: Germanic successor states; Roman Empire; successor kingdoms; Roman territories; German tribes

Article.  9669 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical History

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