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    DescriptionThis book is a study in the myth of the origins and early history of the Goths as told in the Getica written by Jordanes in AD 551. Jordanes claimed they emigrated from the island of Scandza (Sweden) in 1490 BC, thus giving them a history of more than two thousand years. He found this narrative in Cassiodorus' Gothic history, which is now lost. The present study demonstrates that Cassiodorus and Jordanes did not base their accounts on a living Gothic tradition of the past, as the Getica would have us believe. On the contrary, they got their information only from the Graeco-Roman literature. The Greeks and Romans, however, did not know of the Goths until the middle of the third century AD. Consequently, Cassiodorus and Jordanes created a Gothic history partly through an erudite exploitation of the names of foreign peoples, and partly by using the narratives about other peoples' history as if they belonged to the Goths. The history of the Migrations therefore must be reconsidered.


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    Title
    Cassiodorus Jordanes and the History of the Goths
    Subtitle
    Studies in a Migration Myth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arne Soby Christensen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 391
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 953 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9788772897103
    ISBN 10: 8772897104
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3F
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: HBAH
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2A
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS016000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: 3F, 1DST
    DC21: 945.01
    DC22: 945.01, 945/.01
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 2A
    LC classification: D137 .S63 2002
    Thema V1.0: NHAH, NHDJ
    Publisher
    Museum Tusculanum Press
    Imprint name
    Museum Tusculanum Press
    Publication date
    01 September 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Copenhagen