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Theodoric the Goth

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"Theodoric the Goth" is a compelling historical account of the life and reign of the Ostrogothic king Theodoric. Author Thomas Hodgkin brings this complex figure to life, painting a vivid picture of the turbulent political landscape of the late Roman Empire.

Hodgkin's detailed research and engaging writing style make this book a captivating read for anyone interested in the history of the late antiquity period. The author provides valuable insight into Theodoric's rise to power, his relationships with other rulers, and his lasting impact on the regions he ruled.

One of the strengths of Hodgkin's work is his ability to present a balanced view of Theodoric, highlighting both his successes as a ruler and the controversies that surrounded his reign. The author does not shy away from discussing the brutality and political maneuvering that were a part of Theodoric's rule, offering readers a nuanced perspective on this enigmatic historical figure.

Overall, "Theodoric the Goth" is a well-researched and engaging account of a pivotal moment in European history. Hodgkin's insightful analysis and attention to detail make this book a valuable resource for anyone seeking to better understand the complexities of the late Roman Empire and the influence of the Goths on its legacy.

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Theodoric the Great (~454-526) was king of the Ostrogoths during the time of the terminal decline of the Western Roman Empire. After wandering with his people through the Balkans, at times allied with the Eastern Empire, and at others, its enemy, he was invited by the Emperor Zeno to invade and conquer Italy on behalf of the Empire. He defeated the Germanic king Odovacar, who had himself deposed the last Emperor of the West, and established the Ostrogothic Kingdom in Italy. He became known as "King of the Goths and Romans in Italy", ruling according to the principle of civilitas. His reign was a time of stability and prosperity. ( Patrick Eaton)

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