- --- In gothic-l@y..., "Bertil Haggman" <mvk575b@t...> wrote:
> Dear listmembers,A good recent book on the subject is:
> It is important to remember that the question of the origin
> of the Goths is not solved and is the matter of extensive
> debate, on this list and elsewhere. It is therefore important
> to note that some of the German language material produced
> (I am excepting Peter Arens) should be read with great
> caution. For those who do not read German the book below
> is providing some information of interest.
The visigoths from the migration period to the seventh century. an
ethnographic perspective. edited by Peter Heather
Studies in historical archaeoethnology. vol. 4
Woodbridge. Boydell Press. 1999
In the first contribution, the participants of the symposium on which
the book is based discuss the question of the origin of the Goths.
Once again, none of them believed that the old theory of a
Scandinavian homeland can be supported anymore. Especially, if you
read the recent books, by Heather, Todd, and Pohl, it is clear that
the question is not as 'unresolved' as some may want it to see, the
evidence is already plentiful.
There is alo no need to read this modern literature with caution
(unless the author is a hobby historian and journalist like Peter
Arens, or course).
- Thank you, Ingemar, for your latest contribution.
Below are a few books to balance off Walter Pohl (who is
Bell-Fialkoff, A., _The Role of Migration in the History of
the Eurasian Steppe_, London: Macmillan, 2000.
Findeisen, Joerg-Peter, _Schweden - Von den Anfaengen bis zur
Gegenwart_, Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 1998.
Hermodsson, Lars, _Goterna - ett krigafolk och dess bibel_ ,
Stockholm, Atlantis, 1993.
Nordgren, I., Goterkaellan - om goterna i Norden och paa
kontinenten_, Skara: Vaestergoetlands museums skriftserie nr
Rodin, L. - Lindblom, V. - Klang, K., _Gudatraed och vaestgoetska
skottkungar - Sveriges bysantiska arv_, Goeteborg: Tre boecker,
_Schaetze der Ostgoten_, Stuttgart: Theiss, 1995.
_Studia Gotica - Die eisenzeitlichen Verbindungen zwischen Schweden
und Suedosteuropa - Vortraege beim Gotensymposion im Statens
Historiska Museum_, Stockholm 1970.
Tacitus, _Germania_, (with introduction and commentary by J.B. Rives),
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999.
> There is a more recent book, by a real historian and real experts
> (not a hobby historian and journalist like Peter Arens), which should
> be most interesting for those still flogging the Scandinavian origin