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People and Identity in Ostrogothic Italy, 489-554 (Patrick Amory) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 9780521571517
People and Identity in Ostrogothic Italy, 489-554 (Patrick Amory) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 9780521571517
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Title: People and Identity in Ostrogothic Italy, 489-554

Author: Amory, Patrick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1997

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521571517

Volumes: 1; Pages: 547

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The barbarians of the fifth and sixth centuries were long thought to be races, tribes or ethnic groups who toppled the Roman Empire. This book proposes a new view, through a case study of the Goths of Italy between 489 and 554. The author suggests wholly new ways of understanding barbarian groups and the end of the Western Roman Empire. The book also proposes a complete reinterpretation of the evolution of Christian conceptions of community, and of so-called "Germanic" Arianism.

"Amory makes a significant contribution in his book on the Ostrogoths ... this extraordinarily rich book is a landmark in the study of the early middle ages in Italy."--Michael Maas, Church History

"Patrick Amory has made a major contribution to the debate over identity and ethnicity that has dominated the historiography of late antiquity for at least two decades with the publication of this decidedly iconoclastic book."--Thomas S. Burns, American Historical Review

"... this volume, which is so carefully and meticulously researched, will undoubtedly be the standard point of departure for any further study on the Ostrogoths. Amoryhas also set a challenging standard of scholarship for those who plan to write any future volumes on the peoples who settled in the western Roman Empire."--Speculum

"... invaluable in illustrating the intermingling of the multi-ethnic people who entered Italy..."--Medieval Prosopography

Contents

Preface

Map of Ostrogothic Italy

List of rulers

Introduction: studying the barbarians in late antiquity

1. Ethnicity, ethnography and community in the fifth and sixth centuries

2. The Ravenna government and ethnographic identity: from civitas to bellicositas

3. Individual reactions to ideology. I: names, language and profession

4. Complementary and competing ideals of community: Italy and the Roman empire

5. Individual reactions to ideology. II: soldiers, civilians and political allegiance

6. Catholic communities and Christian empire

7. Individual reactions to ideology. III: Catholics and Arians

8. The origin of the Goths and Balkan military culture

Conclusion

Appendix 1: the inquiry into Gundila's property

Appendix 2: the Germanic culture construct

Appendix 3: archaeological and toponymic research on Ostrogothic Italy

Appendix 4: dress, hairstyle and military customs

Prosopographical appendix: a prosopography of the Goths in Italy, 489-554

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