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Goths and Romans 332–489

Peter Heather


This book examines the collision of Goths and Romans in the fourth and fifth centuries. In these years Gothic tribes played a major role in the destruction of the western half of the Roman Empire, establishing successor states in southern France and Spain (the Visigoths) and in Italy (the Ostrogoths). Our understanding of the Goths in this ‘Migration Period’ has been based upon the Gothic historian Jordanes, whose mid-sixth-century Getica suggests that the Visigoths and Ostrogoths entered the Empire already established as coherent groups and simply conquered new territories. Using more contemp ... More

Keywords: Goths, Romans, destruction, Roman Empire, successor states, Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Migration Period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205357
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205357.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Heather, author
University College, London