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The Ostrogoths

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  • Bertil Haggman
    Peter Arens, _Sturm ueber Europa - Die Voelkerwanderung_, Munich: Ullstein Verlag, 2002 ________________________________________________________ Returning to
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 30, 2002
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      Peter Arens, _Sturm ueber Europa - Die Voelkerwanderung_, Munich:
      Ullstein Verlag, 2002
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      Returning to the attempts to create a vision of 'the barbaric other' this
      is certainly not unusual in history. Titus Livius, the brilliant historian,
      described it as follows:

      "Mod barbarerna foerer alle graekere udstandslig krig, for de er
      evige fiender fra naturens haand og ikke af grunde, der forandrer
      sig fra den ene dag til den anden."

      This was the case with the "barbarian" Ostrogoths although Theoderich the Great
      no doubt was important to create peace on the unruly Italian peninsula.

      Arens describes it as follows:

      "Theoderich bewunderte die roemische Kultur und Zivilisation. Er liess
      alte Bauwerke restaurieren und neue errichten, kurbelte die Wirtschaft und
      Verkehrsplanung wieder an, sorgte fuer rauschende Feste, und tat sich zudem
      mit einer internationalen Buendnis- und Friedenspolitik hervor, die vor allem dem
      Schutz Italiens diente." (p. 221)

      So here was the king of the Ostrogoths, who obviously did everything
      right, or at least most things right, and the reward afterwards was
      that his Ostrogoths were portrayed as the "barbaric other" and the memory
      of himself was eradicated in Ravenna and Italy in general.

      Gothically

      Bertil
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