Peter Heather's Goths in the Fourth Century (Liverpool University Press - PDF

By Peter Heather

This quantity brings jointly many vital historic texts, nearly all of them (speeches of Themistius, the fervour of St Saba, and proof in relation to the lifestyles and paintings of Ulfila) now not formerly on hand in English translation. "...a compact and interesting selfmade equipment for the scholar of Gothic history... outstanding."—Bryn Mawr Classical evaluate

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And tr. by W. R. Paton (Loeb, Vol. IV, p. 206), or by R. Aubreton (Budé, Vol. X, p. 173). 13 See Bichir, Archaeology and History of the Carpi, esp. chaps. 9–11. Goths4thCent_02_Ch2 15 6/12/04, 12:09 pm 16 THE GOTHS IN THE FOURTH CENTURY the river breaks through the Carpathian mountains). 14 As we shall see in Chapter 3, the Goths in the fourth century dominated a large area of what is now the southern USSR (cf. Map 2), but this area was not united under a single political authority. 15 We do not know how far Roman interest extended into this territory, but the imperial authorities were naturally most concerned with that Gothic political entity which was closest to the actual frontier.

His brother Valentinian pursued a similar policy. Themistius’ account of these reforms is precise: taxes have already been reduced by a certain amount, and will be reduced by the same amount again in the next year (cf. n. 41 below) to achieve a total reduction of up to 50%. 3f. likewise notes that, despite the need for war provisions, taxes were not raised unjustly in 366/7. Zosimus gives much of the credit to Auxonius, praetorian prefect of the Orient from 367–9 (PLRE I, p. ). Eunapius, V. Soph.

Marc. 1). g. ; Thompson, Visigoths, 13ff. g. ; Thompson, Visigoths, 13ff. 22 Wolfram, History of the Goths, 66f. views the close relations and tribute payments as welcome Goths4thCent_02_Ch2 18 6/12/04, 12:09 pm THEMISTIUS, ORATIONS 8 & 9 19 Gothic aggressiveness is only at first sight surprising. Although we might expect the Goths to have been content to accept their subsidies in return for peace (‘exacting tribute for staying their hand’, as Themistius said; Or. 8, 179/119) and the freedom which they possessed to trade at any point on the Danube frontier, there were other matters, not mentioned by Themistius, which were a source of grievance to them.

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