Visigoths

Wood, Jamie (2013) Visigoths. In: The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 7016-7018. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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The Visigoths were one of two branches of a Germanic tribe known to our sources as the Goths, the other being the Ostrogoths. Their significance derives from the pivotal role they played in the “fall” of the Western Empire and
the development of the post-Roman political settlement in the west. The most important sources for the earlier history of the Visigoths are Ammianus Marcellinus and Jordanes, while John of Biclarum, Isidore of Seville, and
Julian of Toledo inform us about their time in Gaul and Spain. In addition a great deal of legal material, primarily records of church councils and royal laws, also survives from the seventh century in particular.

Additional Information:The Visigoths were one of two branches of a Germanic tribe known to our sources as the Goths, the other being the Ostrogoths. Their significance derives from the pivotal role they played in the “fall” of the Western Empire and the development of the post-Roman political settlement in the west. The most important sources for the earlier history of the Visigoths are Ammianus Marcellinus and Jordanes, while John of Biclarum, Isidore of Seville, and Julian of Toledo inform us about their time in Gaul and Spain. In addition a great deal of legal material, primarily records of church councils and royal laws, also survives from the seventh century in particular.
Keywords:History (General), Ancient History, Medieval History, Spain
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V120 Byzantine History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:19 Feb 2013 16:02

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