Theodoric the Goth
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)
First Page:HEROES OF THE NATIONS
EVELYN ABBOTT, M.A. FELLOW OF BALLIOL COLLEGE, OXFORD
FACTA CUCIS VIVENT OPEROSAQUE GLORIA RERUM OVID, IN LIVIAM, 255
THE HERO'S DEEDS AND HARD WON FAME SHALL LIVE
THEODORIC THE GOTH
THE BARBARIAN CHAMPION OF CIVILISATION
BY THOMAS HODGKIN, D.C.L.
FELLOW OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON; AUTHOR OF "ITALY AND HER INVADERS, A.D. 376 553", ETC., ETC.
G.P. PUTNAM'S SONS NEW YORK.
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COPYRIGHT, 1891, BY
Entered at Stationers' Hall, London By G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Electrotyped, Printed, and Bound by The Knickerbocker Press, New York G.P. Putnam's Sons.
In the following pages I have endeavoured to portray the life and character of one of the most striking figures in the history of the Early Middle Ages, Theodoric the Ostrogoth... Continue reading book >>
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