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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 Danube Crossing and Gothic War

The Danube Crossing and Gothic War

(p.122) 4 The Danube Crossing and Gothic War
Goths and Romans 332–489

P. J. Heather

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the crossing of the Tervingi and the Greuthungi across the Danube, which unexpectedly led to the Gothic War, after Emperor Valens refused to bring the Greuthungi across the river. The war also led to the death of Valens, who was killed on a plain outside the city of Hadrianople. Based on the petitions of the Tervingi and the Greuthungi, these Goths came to the Danube because the Huns had destroyed their hold on lands north of the river. The chapter attempts to answer the question: why did peaceful co-operation degenerate into violence?

Keywords:   Tervingi, Greuthungi, Danube, Gothic War, Emperor Valens, Huns

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