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Goths and Romans 332–489$
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Peter Heather

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205357.001.0001

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Reconstructing Gothic History

Reconstructing Gothic History

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(p.2) (p.3) 1 Reconstructing Gothic History
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Goths and Romans 332–489
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P. J. Heather

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205357.003.0001

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

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