A Companion to Ostrogothic Italy by Jonathan Arnold, Shane Bjornlie, Kristina Sessa

By Jonathan Arnold, Shane Bjornlie, Kristina Sessa

A better half to Ostrogothic Italy is a concise but entire innovative survey of the increase and fall of Italy’s first barbarian country, the Ostrogothic kingdom (ca. 489-554 CE). The volume’s 18 essays offer readers with probing syntheses of modern scholarship on key subject matters, from the Ostrogothic military and management to non secular variety and ecclesiastical improvement, ethnicity, cultural achievements, urbanism, and the agricultural economic system. considerably, the quantity additionally provides leading edge reports of hitherto under-examined issues, together with the Ostrogothic provinces past the Italian lands, gender and the Ostrogothic courtroom, and Ostrogothic Italy’s environmental historical past. that includes paintings via a global panel of students, the amount is designed for either new scholars and experts within the box.

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322–37; Heather, Goths, pp. 260–3. 86 For further consideration of Amalasuentha’s precarious position and manoeuvring, see Cooper in this volume. 2–8, ed. Mommsen. 88 Esders, “Rechtliche Grundlagen”. 2, ed. Mommsen. 93 Despite these efforts at re-establishing consensus, the stability of the new regime remained precarious. Amalasuentha faced considerable opposition at court. At stake was control over the young king and his policies, possibly paired with concerns about his viability as a military leader at such a young age.

This matter is of obvious importance for how we imagine the distribution of power and wealth between the Roman landowners and the Gothic military elite. The task had to be handled in such a way as to avoid alienating the former, while giving the latter access to land and more or less direct control over its resources, which probably intensified the integration of the Gothic elite into the social fabric of Italy. Whatever our judgement about continuity and change in Italy after 476/493, it is clear that careful argument was needed to persuade the wider public of the new government’s political authority and legitimacy.

260–3. 86 For further consideration of Amalasuentha’s precarious position and manoeuvring, see Cooper in this volume. 2–8, ed. Mommsen. 88 Esders, “Rechtliche Grundlagen”. 2, ed. Mommsen. 93 Despite these efforts at re-establishing consensus, the stability of the new regime remained precarious. Amalasuentha faced considerable opposition at court. At stake was control over the young king and his policies, possibly paired with concerns about his viability as a military leader at such a young age.

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