Cassiodorus Jordanes and the History of the Goths: Studies in a Migration Myth

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This 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 ...

Cassiodorus Jordanes and the History of the Goths: Studies in a Migration Myth 2002, Museum Tusculanum Press

ISBN-13: 9788772897103

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