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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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The Historical Value of Jordanes’ Getica

The Historical Value of Jordanes’ Getica

(p.34) 2 The Historical Value of Jordanes’ Getica
Goths and Romans 332–489

P. J. Heather

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the historical methods and materials of Jordanes. It looks at Jordanes' Getica, which is an account of Gothic history that includes an anachronistic account of the division of the Goths into Ostrogoth and Visigoth, as well as the exaggerated historical role accorded to the Balth and Amal dynasties. The chapter shows that the Getica provides some evidence that the workings of Gothic oral history were congruous with modern examples. Although parts of the Getica are singularly Gothic, this does not mean that it contains a unique and authoritative account of Gothic history.

Keywords:   historical methods, materials, Jordanes, Getica, Gothic history, Ostrogoth, Visigoth, oral history

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