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What Did the Goths Call Themselves?

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  • Bertil Haggman
    An interesting information is provided on the Pietroassa ring, which has the form gutani. The ring is believed to be from the later half of the 3rd century AD.
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      An interesting information is provided on the
      Pietroassa ring, which has the form gutani.
      The ring is believed to be from the later half
      of the 3rd century AD. It is regarded as genitive
      plural of the name of the people, in classical
      form gutane. Nominative plural would be gutans.
      Important here is of course the similarity to
      ancient Swedish gutar for the inhabitants of the
      Island of Gotland, singular Guti, formally the same
      as Gothic gutans.

      Gothically

      Bertil Haggman



      by epigraphic sources from the third century they called
      themselves Guththa, in texts from the fourth century also Tervingi
      or Vesi and Greuthingi or Ostrogothi, by official Latin texts from
      the Ostrogothic and the Visigothic kingdom Gothus pl. Gothi and
      Ostrogothi and Visigothi.
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