An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages (375-814)

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CHAPTER VI.
THE GERMANS IN ITALY.

AUTHORITIES:--For Odoacer: the "Anonymus Valesii"; Vita
Severini
, by Eugippius, a remarkable picture of manners during
the migrations.

For the Ostrogoths: Jordanes Cassiodorus, "Variae," a collec-
tion of official documents, letters, etc., written by Cassiodorus
while serving as the minister of Theodoric. Trans. by T. Hodgkin , 1887.--Ennodius, Panegyricus Theodorici; fulsome flat-
tery of the king, but valuable for facts.--The "Calendar of Ra-
venna," a list of dates and events, especially such as affected the
city of Ravenna, the basis of several chronicles.--Procopius:
de bello Gothico, an account of the recovery of Italy by Jus-
tinian.

For the Lombards: Origo gentis Langobardorum, by an unknown
Lombard, c. 680.-- Paulus Diaconus, Historia Langobardorum.
Extends to the year 744. A collection of the national tradi-
tions written at the instance of Charlemagne.

MODERN WORKS:-- Gibbon, Hodgkin, Sheppard, Milman.--
E. A. Freeman, The Goths at Ravenna. Essays, 3d series.
1879. As yet nothing has been written in English on the his-
tory of the Lombards.


§ 1. THE FALL OF THE WESTERN EMPIRE.

DURING all this time, while Germans and Huns had been moving about pretty much as they pleased over the lands of Rome, the Empire, divided into its eastern and western halves, had kept up a sort of sham splendor, which had partly concealed its weakness. Theodosius, the last emperor

The Eastern Empire after Theodosius.

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