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Cassiodorus, Jordanes and the history of the Goths : studies in a migration myth

Author: Arne Søby Christensen
Publisher: Copenhagen : Museum Tusculanum Press, 2002.
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A study in the myth of the 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's Gothic history, which is now lost. The present study demonstrates that Cassiodorus and Jordanes did not base their accounts on a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Søby Christensen, Arne.
Cassiodorus, Jordanes and the history of the Goths.
Copenhagen : Museum Tusculanum Press, 2002
(OCoLC)606095451
Named Person: Cassiodorus, Senator; Jordanes; Cassiodorus, Senator; Jordanes; Cassiodor.; Jordanes.; Iordanes, Gotus; Iordanes, Gotus; Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus; Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arne Søby Christensen
ISBN: 8772897104 9788772897103
OCLC Number: 51861740
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Copenhagen, 2000.
Description: xi, 391 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The Problem --
The Goths in Graeco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian Literature before Cassiodorus --
Greek and Roman Accounts of Gothic History until around ad 150 --
(Pytheas of Massalia)/Pliny the Elder Nat. Hist. XXXVII. xi. 35 --
Strabo Georg. VII. i. 3 --
Pliny the Elder Nat. Hist. IV. xiii. 99-100 --
Tacitus Germania xliii. 6 --
Tacitus Annales II. 62-63 --
Ptolemy Geogr. III. v. 8 --
The Goths during the third century --
The Goths in the fourth century --
Ammianus Marcellinus --
The Judaeo-Christian tradition concerning the Goths --
Ambrose --
The Book of Ezekiel: Gog and Magog --
The Book of Revelation: Gog and Magog --
The Book of Genesis: Magog--the genealogy of peoples --
Josephus: Antiquitates: the genealogy of peoples (Magog) --
The discussion of the biblical origins of the Goths --
Orosius --
Jerome --
Augustine --
Isidore of Seville --
The Goth/Getae identification --
Cassiodorus --
Cassiodorus's Chronica from 519 --
The Goths in the Chronica --
Cassiodorus's Information abouth his History of the Goths --
Ordo generis Cassiodororum (Anecdoton Holderi) --
Variae --
Athalaric's letter to Cassiodorus (Var. IX. xxiv.) --
Athalaric's speech to the Senate in Rome (Var. IX. xxv.) --
Cassiodorus's speech to the Senate in Rome (Var. XI. i.) --
Cassiodorus on the conquest of Rome in 410 (Var. XII. xx. 4.) --
The preface to the Variae --
The Chronological Scope of the History of the Goths --
Jordanes --
The Life and Works of Jordanes --
The Problems --
Jordanes --
Iornandes: the name of the author.
Responsibility: Arne Søby Christensen ; [translated by Heidi Flegal].

Abstract:

A study in the myth of the 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's 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 till 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, partly by using the narratives about other peoples' history as if they belonged to the Goths.

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