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Regnum Ostrogotorum Estimated

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  • Bertil Haggman
    Thank you for the input on further bibliographic material on Regnum Ostrogotorum. My addition here would be Professor Lars Hermodsson s book on the Goths
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      Thank you for the input on further bibliographic
      material on Regnum Ostrogotorum.

      My addition here would be Professor Lars Hermodsson's
      book on the Goths (_Goterna_). He shares of course the general view
      that it is not possible to exactly estimate the Regnum
      Ostrogothorum but it is Hermodsson's view that King
      Ermanarik subjugated a number of Caucasian
      and steppe peoples. Information, he wrote, relates
      that Ermanarik's kingdom stretched from the southern
      steppes north of the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea. He
      saw the kingdom less than an ordinary state and more
      like a loosely coordinated empire.

      Ermanarik's name in Scandinavian myth is Joermunrek,
      who takes revenge on one of his men, that abandoned
      him, and had this man's wife, Svanhild, executed being tied
      to wild horses. So epic from the Regnum Ostrogotorum
      has certainly been transferred from there to Scandinavia,
      most likely by Goths and Eruli who during the centuries
      moved back forth from south Scandinavia to the Gothic
      and Erulic kingdoms and for service in the Roman army.

      Bertil Haggman


      Yopu may find such an analysis in several places. Still
      fundamental are:

      Irma Korkannen, The Peoples of Hermanaric.Jordanes, Getica 116.
      Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae. Ser.B, vol.187.
      Helsinki 1975

      Gottfried Schramm, Die nordöstlichen Eroberungen der
      Rußlandgoten (Merens, Mordens und andere Völkernamen bei
      Jordanes, Getica XXIII 116). Frühmittelalterliche Studien 8(1974)
      pp.1-14

      You will find a critical appaisal of the actual extent and structure of
      Ermanaric's realm in Wolfram, Die Goten, 95-98, and in

      Bernhard Tönnies, Die Amalertradition in den Quellen zur
      Geschichte der Ostgoten. Beiträge zur Altertumswissenschaft 8.
      Hildesheim, Zürich, New York 1989, pp.45-47.
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