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The Ostrogothic Kingdom, officially the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
(Latin: Regnum Italiae),[1] was established by the Ostrogoths
Ostrogoths
in Italy
Italy
and neighbouring areas from 493 to 553. In Italy
Italy
the Ostrogoths, led by Theoderic the Great, killed and replaced Odoacer, a Germanic soldier, erstwhile-leader of the foederati in Northern Italy, and the de facto ruler of Italy, who had deposed the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, Romulus Augustulus, in 476. Under Theoderic, its first king, the Ostrogothic kingdom reached its zenith, stretching from modern France
France
in the west into modern Serbia
Serbia
in the southeast. Most of the social institutions of the late Western Roman Empire
Western Roman Empire
were preserved during his rule. Theodoric called himself Gothorum Romanorumque rex ("King of the Goths and Romans"), demonstrating his desire to be a leader for both peoples. Starting in 535, the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire invaded Italy under Justinian I. The Ostrogothic ruler at that time, Witiges, could not defend successfully and was finally captured when the capital Ravenna
Ravenna
fell. The Ostrogoths
Ostrogoths
rallied around a new leader, Totila, and largely managed to reverse the conquest, but were eventually defeated. The last king of the Ostrogothic Kingdom
Ostrogothic Kingdom
was Teia.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Background

1.1.1 Ostrogoths 1.1.2 Odoacer's kingdom (476–493)

1.2 Conquest of Italy
Italy
by the Goths
Goths
(488–493)

1.2.1 Theoderic kills Odoacer
Odoacer
(493)

1.3 Reign of Theoderic the Great
Theoderic the Great
(493–526)

1.3.1 Theoderic's rule 1.3.2 Relations with the Germanic states of the West 1.3.3 Relations with the Empire

1.4 Death of Theoderic and dynastic disputes (526–535) 1.5 Gothic War and end of the Ostrogothic Kingdom
Ostrogothic Kingdom
(535–554)

2 List of kings 3 Cultural

3.1 Architecture 3.2 Literature

4 In popular culture 5 Footnotes 6 References 7 Sources

7.1 Primary sources 7.2 Secondary sources

8 External links

History[edit] Background[edit] Ostrogoths[edit] The Ostrogoths
Ostrogoths
were the eastern branch of the Goths. They settled and established a powerful state in Dacia, but during the late 4th century, they came under the dominion of the Huns. After the collapse of the Hunnic empire in 454, large numbers of Ostrogoths
Ostrogoths
were settled by Emperor Marcian
Marcian
in the Roman province of Pannonia
Pannonia
as foederati. Unlike most other foederati formations, the Goths
Goths
were not absorbed into the structure and traditions of the Roman military but retained a strong identity and cohesion of their own. [2]. In 460, during the reign of Leo I, because the payment of annual sums had ceased, they ravaged Illyricum. Peace was concluded in 461, whereby the young Theoderic Amal, son of Theodemir of the Amals, was sent as a hostage to Constantinople, where he received a Roman education.[3] In previous years, a large number of Goths, first under Aspar
Aspar
and then under Theodoric Strabo, had entered service in the Roman army and were a significant political and military power in the court of Constantinople. The period 477-483 saw a complex three-way struggle among Theoderic the Amal, who had succeeded his father in 474, Theodoric Strabo, and the new Eastern Emperor Zeno. In this conflict, alliances shifted regularly, and large parts of the Balkans
Balkans
were devastated by it.[4] In the end, after Strabo's death in 481, Zeno came to terms with Theoderic. Parts of Moesia
Moesia
and Dacia
Dacia
ripensis were ceded to the Goths, and Theoderic was named magister militum praesentalis and consul for 484.[4] Barely a year later, Theoderic and Zeno fell out, and again Theoderic's Goths
Goths
ravaged Thrace. It was then that the thought occurred to Zeno and his advisors to kill two birds with one stone, and direct Theoderic against another troublesome neighbor of the Empire - the Italian kingdom of Odoacer. Odoacer's kingdom (476–493)[edit] In 476, Odoacer, leader of the foederati in the West, had staged a coup against the rebellious magister militum Orestes, who was seeking to have his son Romulus Augustulus
Romulus Augustulus
recognized as Western Emperor in place of Emperor Julius Nepos. Orestes had reneged on the promise of land in Italy
Italy
for Odoacer's troops, a pledge made to ensure their neutrality in his attack on Nepos. After executing Orestes and putting the teenage usurper in internal exile, Odoacer
Odoacer
paid nominal allegiance to Nepos (now in Dalmatia) while effectively operating autonomously, having been raised to the rank of patrician by Zeno. Odoacer
Odoacer
retained the Roman administrative system, cooperated actively with the Roman Senate, and his rule was efficient and successful. He evicted the Vandals
Vandals
from Sicily
Sicily
in 477, and in 480 he occupied Dalmatia after the murder of Julius Nepos.[5][6] Conquest of Italy
Italy
by the Goths
Goths
(488–493)[edit] An agreement was reached between Zeno and Theoderic, stipulating that Theoderic, if victorious, was to rule in Italy
Italy
as the emperor's representative.[7] Theoderic with his people set out from Moesia
Moesia
in the autumn of 488, passed through Dalmatia and crossed the Julian Alps into Italy
Italy
in late August 489. The first confrontation with the army of Odoacer
Odoacer
was at the river Isonzo (the battle of Isonzo) on August 28. Odoacer
Odoacer
was defeated and withdrew towards Verona, where a month later another battle was fought, resulting in a bloody, but crushing, Gothic victory.[8] Odoacer
Odoacer
fled to his capital at Ravenna, while the larger part of his army under Tufa surrendered to the Goths. Theoderic then sent Tufa and his men against Odoacer, but he changed his allegiance again and returned to Odoacer. In 490, Odoacer
Odoacer
was thus able to campaign against Theoderic, take Milan
Milan
and Cremona
Cremona
and besiege the main Gothic base at Ticinum (Pavia). At that point, however, the Visigoths
Visigoths
intervened, the siege of Ticinum was lifted, and Odoacer
Odoacer
was decisively defeated at the river Adda on 11 August 490. Odoacer
Odoacer
fled again to Ravenna, while the Senate and many Italian cities declared themselves for Theoderic.[8] Theoderic kills Odoacer
Odoacer
(493)[edit] The Goths
Goths
now turned to besiege Ravenna, but since they lacked a fleet and the city could be resupplied by sea, the siege could be endured almost indefinitely, despite privations. It was not until 492 that Theoderic was able to procure a fleet and capture Ravenna's harbours, thus entirely cutting off communication with the outside world. The effects of this appeared six months later, when, with the mediation of the city's bishop, negotiations started between the two parties.[9] An agreement was reached on 25 February 493, whereby the two should divide Italy
Italy
between them. A banquet was organised in order to celebrate this treaty. It was at this banquet, on March 15, that Theoderic, after making a toast, killed Odoacer
Odoacer
with his own hands. A general massacre of Odoacer's soldiers and supporters followed. Theoderic and his Goths
Goths
were now masters of Italy.[9] Reign of Theoderic the Great
Theoderic the Great
(493–526)[edit] Theoderic's rule[edit]

"... Theoderic was a man of great distinction and of good-will towards all men, and he ruled for thirty-three years. Under his rule, Italy for thirty years enjoyed such good fortune that his successors also inherited peace. For whatever he did was good. He so governed two races at the same time, Romans and Goths, that although he himself was of the Arian sect, he nevertheless made no assault on the Catholic religion; he gave games in the circus and the amphitheatre, so that even by the Romans he was called a Trajan
Trajan
or a Valentinian, whose times he took as a model; and by the Goths, because of his edict, in which he established justice, he was judged to be in all respects their best king."

Anonymus Valesianus, Excerpta II 59-60

Like Odoacer, Theoderic was ostensibly a patricius and subject of the emperor in Constantinople, acting as his viceroy for Italy, a position recognized by the new Emperor Anastasius in 497. At the same time, he was the king of his own people, who were not Roman citizens. In reality, he acted as an independent ruler, although unlike Odoacer, he meticulously preserved the outward forms of his subordinate position.[10] The administrative machinery of Odoacer's kingdom, in essence that of the former Empire, was retained and continued to be staffed exclusively by Romans, such as the articulate and literate Cassiodorus. The Senate continued to function normally and was consulted on civil appointments, and the laws of the Empire were still recognized as ruling the Roman population, though Goths
Goths
were ruled under their own traditional laws. Indeed, as a subordinate ruler, Theoderic did not possess the right to issue his own laws (leges) in the system of Roman law, but merely edicts (edicta), or clarifications on certain details.[10] The continuity in administration is illustrated by the fact that several senior ministers of Odoacer, like Liberius and Cassiodorus
Cassiodorus
the Elder, were retained in the new kingdom's top positions.[11] The close cooperation between Theoderic and the Roman elite began to break down in later years, especially after the healing of the ecclesiastical rift between Rome and Constantinople (see below), as leading senators conspired with the Emperor. This resulted in the arrest and execution of the magister officiorum Boethius
Boethius
and his father-in-law, Symmachus, in 524.[12] On the other hand, the army and all military offices remained the exclusive preserve of the Goths. The Goths
Goths
were settled mostly in northern Italy, and kept themselves largely apart from the Roman population, a tendency reinforced by their different faiths: the Goths were mostly Arians, while the people they ruled over were following Chalcedonian Christianity. Nevertheless, and unlike the Visigoths
Visigoths
or the Vandals, there was considerable religious tolerance, which was also extended towards Jews.[13] Theoderic's view was clearly expressed in his letters to the Jews
Jews
of Genoa: "The true mark of civilitas is the observance of law. It is this which makes life in communities possible, and which separates man from the brutes. We therefore gladly accede to your request that all the privileges which the foresight of antiquity conferred upon the Jewish customs shall be renewed to you..."[14] and "We cannot order a religion, because no one can be forced to believe against his will."[15] Relations with the Germanic states of the West[edit] It is in his foreign policy rather than domestic affairs that Theoderic appeared and acted as an independent ruler. By means of marriage alliances, he sought to establish a central position among the barbarian states of the West. As Jordanes
Jordanes
states: "...there was no race left in the western realms which Theoderic had not befriended or brought into subjection during his lifetime."[16] This was in part meant as a defensive measure, and in part as a counterbalance to the influence of the Empire. His daughters were wedded to the Visigothic king Alaric II
Alaric II
and the Burgundian prince Sigismund,[17] his sister Amalfrida married the Vandal king Thrasamund,[18] while he himself married Audofleda, sister of the Frankish king Clovis I.[19] These policies were not always successful in maintaining peace: Theoderic found himself at war with Clovis when the latter attacked the Visigoth dominions in Gaul
Gaul
in 506. The Franks
Franks
were rapidly successful, killing Alaric in the Battle of Vouillé
Battle of Vouillé
and subduing Aquitania
Aquitania
by 507. However, starting in 508, Theoderic's generals campaigned in Gaul, and were successful in saving Septimania
Septimania
for the Visigoths, as well as extending Ostrogothic rule into southern Gaul (Provence) at the expense of the Burgundians. There in 510 Theoderic reestablished the defunct praetorian prefecture of Gaul. Now Theoderic had a common border with the Visigothic kingdom, where, after Alaric's death, he also ruled as regent of his infant grandson Amalaric.[20] Family bonds also served little with Sigismund, who as a staunch Chalcedonian Catholic cultivated close ties to Constantinople. Theoderic perceived this as a threat and intended to campaign against him, but the Franks
Franks
acted first and invaded Burgundy in 523, quickly subduing it. Theoderic could only react by expanding his domains in the Provence
Provence
north of the river Durance
Durance
up to the Isère. The peace with the Vandals, secured in 500 with the marriage alliance with Thrasamund, and their common interests as Arian powers against Constantinople, collapsed after Thrasamund's death in 523. His successor Hilderic
Hilderic
showed favour to the Nicaean Catholics, and when Amalfrida protested, he had her and her entourage murdered. Theoderic was preparing an expedition against him when he died.[21] Relations with the Empire[edit]

"It behoves us, most clement Emperor, to seek for peace, since there are no causes for anger between us. [...] Our royalty is an imitation of yours, modelled on your good purpose, a copy of the only Empire; and insofar as we follow you do we excel all other nations. Often you have exhorted me to love the senate, to accept cordially the laws of past emperors, to join together in one all the members of Italy. [...] There is moreover that noble sentiment, love for the city of Rome, from which two princes, both of whom govern in her name, should never be disjoined."

Letter of Theoderic to Anastasius Cassiodorus, Variae I.1

Theoderic's relations with his nominal suzerain, the Eastern Roman Emperor, were always strained, for political as well as for religious reasons. Especially during the reign of Anastasius, these led to several collisions, none of which however escalated into general warfare. In 504-505, Theoderic's forces launched a campaign to recover Pannonia
Pannonia
and the strategically important town of Sirmium, formerly parts of the praetorian prefecture of Italy, which were now occupied by the Gepids.[22] The campaign was successful, but it also led to a brief conflict with imperial troops, where the Goths
Goths
and their allies were victorious. Domestically, the Acacian schism between the patriarchates of Rome and Constantinople, caused by imperial support for the Henotikon, as well as Anastasius' Monophysite
Monophysite
beliefs, played into Theoderic's hands, since the clergy and the Roman aristocracy of Italy, headed by Pope Symmachus, vigorously opposed them.[22] Thus, for a time, Theoderic could count on their support. The war between the Franks
Franks
and Visigoths
Visigoths
led to renewed friction between Theoderic and the Emperor, as Clovis successfully portrayed himself as the champion of the Catholic Church against the "heretical" Arian Goths, gaining the Emperor's support. This even led to the dispatch of a fleet by Anastasius in 508, which ravaged the coasts of Apulia.[22] With the ascension of Justin I
Justin I
in 518, a more harmonious relationship seemed to be restored. Eutharic, Theoderic's son-in-law and designated successor, was appointed consul for the year 519, while in 522, to celebrate the healing of the Acacian schism, Justin allowed both consuls to be appointed by Theoderic.[23] Soon, however, renewed tension would result from Justin's anti-Arian legislation, and tensions grew between the Goths
Goths
and the Senate, whose members, as Chalcedonians, now shifted their support to the Emperor.[24] The suspicions of Theoderic were confirmed by the interception of compromising letters between leading senators and Constantinople, which led to the imprisonment and execution of Boethius
Boethius
in 524. Pope John I was sent to Constantinople to mediate on the Arians' behalf, and, although he achieved his mission, on his return he was imprisoned and died shortly after. These events further stirred popular sentiment against the Goths.[24] Death of Theoderic and dynastic disputes (526–535)[edit] After the death of Theoderic on 30 August 526, his achievements began to collapse. Since Eutharic
Eutharic
had died in 523, Theoderic was succeeded by his infant grandson Athalaric, supervised by his mother, Amalasuntha, as regent. The lack of a strong heir caused the network of alliances that surrounded the Ostrogothic state to disintegrate: the Visigothic kingdom regained its autonomy under Amalaric, the relations with the Vandals
Vandals
turned increasingly hostile, and the Franks embarked again on expansion, subduing the Thuringians
Thuringians
and the Burgundians
Burgundians
and almost evicting the Visigoths
Visigoths
from their last holdings in southern Gaul.[25] The position of predominance which the Ostrogothic Kingdom
Ostrogothic Kingdom
had enjoyed under Theoderic in the West now passed irrevocably to the Franks. This dangerous external climate was exacerbated by the regency's weak domestic position. Amalasuntha was Roman-educated and intended to continue her father's policies of conciliation between Goths
Goths
and Romans. To that end, she actively courted the support of the Senate and the newly ascended Emperor Justinian I, even providing him with bases in Sicily
Sicily
during the Vandalic War. However, these ideas did not find much favour with the Gothic nobles, who in addition resented being ruled by a woman. They protested when she resolved to give her son a Roman education, preferring that Athalaric
Athalaric
be raised as a warrior. She was forced to discharge his Roman tutors, but instead Athalaric
Athalaric
turned to a life of dissipation and excess, which would send him to a premature death.[26]

"[Amalasuntha] feared she might be despised by the Goths
Goths
on account of the weakness of her sex. So after much thought she decided [...] to summon her cousin Theodahad
Theodahad
from Tuscany, where he led a retired life at home, and thus she established him on the throne. But he was unmindful of their kinship and, after a little time, had her taken from the palace at Ravenna
Ravenna
to an island of the Bulsinian lake where he kept her in exile. After spending a very few days there in sorrow, she was strangled in the bath by his hirelings."

Jordanes, Getica 306

Eventually, a conspiracy started among the Goths
Goths
to overthrow her. Amalasuntha resolved to move against them, but as a precaution, she also made preparations to flee to Constantinople, and even wrote to Justinian asking for protection. In the event she managed to execute the three leading conspirators, and her position remained relatively secure until, in 533, Athalaric's health began to seriously decline.[27] Amalasuntha then turned for support to her only relative, her cousin Theodahad, while at the same time sending ambassadors to Justinian and proposing to cede Italy
Italy
to him. Justinian indeed sent an able agent of his, Peter of Thessalonica, to carry out the negotiations, but before he had even crossed into Italy, Athalaric
Athalaric
had died (on 2 October 534), Amalasuntha had crowned Theodahad
Theodahad
as king in an effort to secure his support, and he had deposed and imprisoned her. Theodahad, who was of a peaceful disposition, immediately sent envoys to announce his ascension to Justinian and to reassure him of Amalasuntha's safety.[27] Justinian immediately reacted by offering his support to the deposed queen, but in early May 535, she was executed.a[›] This crime served as a perfect excuse for Justinian, fresh from his forces' victory over the Vandals, to invade the Gothic realm in retaliation.[28] Theodahad tried to prevent the war, sending his envoys to Constantinople, but Justinian was already resolved to reclaim Italy. Only by renouncing his throne in the Empire's favour could Theodahad
Theodahad
hope to avert war. Gothic War and end of the Ostrogothic Kingdom
Ostrogothic Kingdom
(535–554)[edit] Main article: Gothic War (535–554) The Gothic War between the Eastern Roman Empire
Eastern Roman Empire
and the Ostrogothic Kingdom was fought from 535 until 554 in Italy, Dalmatia, Sardinia, Sicily
Sicily
and Corsica. It is commonly divided into two phases. The first phase lasted from 535 to 540 and ended with the fall of Ravenna
Ravenna
and the apparent reconquest of Italy
Italy
by the Byzantines. During the second phase (540/541–553), Goths' resistance was reinvigorated under Totila
Totila
and put down only after a long struggle by Narses, who also repelled the 554 invasion by the Franks
Franks
and Alamanni. In the same year, Justinian promulgated the Pragmatic Sanction which prescribed Italy's new government. Several cities in northern Italy continued to hold out, however, until the early 560s. The war had its roots in the ambition of Roman Emperor Justinian to recover the provinces of the former Western Roman Empire, which had been lost to invading barbarian tribes in the previous century (the Migration Period). By the end of the conflict Italy
Italy
was devastated and considerably depopulated. As a consequence, the victorious Byzantines found themselves unable to resist the invasion of the Lombards
Lombards
in 568, which resulted in the loss of large parts of the Italian peninsula. List of kings[edit]

Theoderic the Great
Theoderic the Great
(Thiudoric) 489-526 Athalaric
Athalaric
(Atthalaric) 526-534 Theodahad
Theodahad
(Thiudahad) 534-536 Witiges
Witiges
(Wittigeis) 536-540 Ildibad
Ildibad
(Hildibad) 540-541 Eraric
Eraric
the Rugian (Heraric, Ariaric) 541 Totila
Totila
(Baduila) 541-552 Teia
Teia
(Theia, Teja) 552-553

Cultural[edit] Architecture[edit] Further information: Ostrogothic Ravenna

The Palace of Theoderic, as depicted on the walls of St. Apollinare Nuovo. The figures between the columns, representing Theoderic and his court, were removed after the East Roman conquest.

Because of the kingdom's short history, no fusion of the two peoples and their art was achieved. However, under the patronage of Theoderic and Amalasuntha, large-scale restoration of ancient Roman buildings was undertaken, and the tradition of Roman civic architecture continued. In Ravenna, new churches and monumental buildings were erected, several of which survive. The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, its baptistry, and the Archiepiscopal Chapel
Archiepiscopal Chapel
follow the typical late Roman architectural and decorative motifs, but the Mausoleum of Theoderic displays purely Gothic elements, such as its construction not from the usual brick, but of massive slabs of Istrian limestone, or the 300-ton single-piece roof stone. Literature[edit] All of the surviving literature written in the Ostrogothic kingdom is in Latin,[citation needed] though some older works were copied in Greek and Gothic (e.g. the Codex Argenteus), and the literature is solidly in the Greco-Roman tradition. Cassiodorus, hailing from a distinguished background, and himself entrusted with high offices (consul and magister officiorum) represents the Roman ruling class. Like many others of his background, he served Theoderic and his heirs loyally and well, something expressed in the writings of the period. In his Chronica, used later by Jordanes
Jordanes
in his Getica, as well as in the various panegyrics written by him and other prominent Romans of the time for the Gothic kings, Roman literary and historical tradition is put in the service of their Gothic overlords. His privileged position enabled him to compile the Variae Epistolae, a collection of state correspondence, which gives great insight into the inner workings of the Gothic state. Boethius
Boethius
is another prominent figure of the period. Well-educated and also from a distinguished family, he wrote works on mathematics, music and philosophy. His most famous work, Consolatio philosophiae, was written while imprisoned on charges of treason. In popular culture[edit]

The 1876 historical novel A Struggle for Rome by Felix Dahn
Felix Dahn
(and its two-part screen adaptation in 1968 and 1969) focuses on the struggle between the Byzantines, the Ostrogoths
Ostrogoths
and the native Italians
Italians
over control of Italy
Italy
after Theoderic's death. In the 1941 alternate history novel Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp, a modern archaeologist is transported through time to Ostrogothic Italy, helps to stabilise it after Theoderic's death and averts its conquest by Justinian. Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantine Mosaic series takes place in a setting based on Ostrogothic Italy
Italy
and the East Roman Empire, just before the Gothic War. Gary Jennings' 1993 novel Raptor documents the rise of Theoderic the Great and the Ostrogothic Kingdom
Ostrogothic Kingdom
through the eyes of his hermaphrodite confidant Thorn.

Footnotes[edit]

^ a: The exact date and circumstances surrounding Amalasuntha's execution remain a mystery. In his Secret History, Procopius
Procopius
proposes that Empress Theodora might have had a hand in the affair, wishing to get rid of a potential rival. Although generally dismissed by historians such as Gibbon and Charles Diehl, Bury (Ch. XVIII, pp. 165-167) considers that the story is corroborated by circumstantial evidence.

References[edit]

^ Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus
Cassiodorus
Senator, Variae, Lib. II., XLI. Luduin regi Francorum Theodericus rex. ^ Chris Wickham, “The Inheritance of Rome”, 98 ^ Jordanes, Getica, 271 ^ a b Bury (1923), Ch. XII, pp. 413-421 ^ "At this time, Odovacar overcame and killed Odiva in Dalmatia", Cassiodorus, Chronica 1309, s.a.481 ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XII, pp. 406-412 ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XII, p. 422 ^ a b Bury (1923), Ch. XII, pp. 422-424 ^ a b Bury (1923), Ch. XII, pp. 454-455 ^ a b Bury (1923), Ch. XIII, pp. 422-424 ^ Bury (1923), Vol. II, Ch. XIII, p. 458 ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XVIII, pp. 153-155 ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XIII, p. 459 ^ Cassiodorus, Variae, IV.33 ^ Cassiodorus, Variae, II.27 ^ Jordanes, Getica 303 ^ Jordanes, Getica, 297 ^ Jordanes, Getica, 299 ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XIII, pp. 461-462 ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XIII, p. 462 ^ Procopius, De Bello Vandalico I.VIII.11-14 ^ a b c Bury (1923), Ch. XIII, p. 464 ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XVIII, pp. 152-153 ^ a b Bury (1923), Ch. XVIII, p. 157 ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XVIII, p. 161 ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XVIII, pp. 159-160 ^ a b Bury (1923), Ch. XVIII, pp. 163-164 ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico I.V.1

Sources[edit] Primary sources[edit]

Procopius, De Bello Gothico, Volumes I-IV Jordanes, De origine actibusque Getarum ("The Origin and Deeds of the Goths"), translated by Charles C. Mierow. Cassiodorus, Chronica Cassiodorus, Varia epistolae ("Letters"), at the Project Gutenberg Anonymus Valesianus, Excerpta, Pars II

Secondary sources[edit]

Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. IV, Chapters 41 & 43 Amory, Patrick (2003). People and Identity in Ostrogothic Italy, 489-554. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-52635-7.  Barnwell, P. S. (1992). Emperor, Prefects & Kings: The Roman West, 395-565. UNC Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-2071-1.  Burns, Thomas S. (1984). A History of the Ostrogoths. Boomington.  Bury, John Bagnell (1923). History of the Later Roman Empire
Roman Empire
Vols. I & II. Macmillan & Co., Ltd.  Heather, Peter (1998). The Goths. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-0-631-20932-4.  Wolfram, Herwig; Dunlap, Thomas (1997). The Roman Empire
Roman Empire
and its Germanic peoples. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-08511-4.  Eugenijus Jovaisa, Aisciai: Kilme

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Corsica
and Sardinia
Sardinia
(238 BC–455 AD)

Roman Empire
Roman Empire
(27 BC–395 AD)

Praetorian prefecture of Italy
Italy
(337 AD–584 AD) Western Roman Empire
Western Roman Empire
(285 AD–476 AD)

Medieval and Early Modern states

Early Italian Kingdom (476-774)

Odoacer's rule (476–493) Ostrogothic rule (493–553) Vandal rule (435–534) Lombard rule (568–774)

Duchy of Benevento Duchy of Friuli Duchy of Ivrea Duchy of Spoleto Duchy of Tridentum

Holy Roman Kingdom of Italy (774/962–1806), Papal States and other independent states

March of Ancona Duchy of Aosta Patria del Friuli
Patria del Friuli
(Patriarchate of Aquileia) Bishopric of Bressanone Duchy of Castro Commune of Rome Marquisate of Ceva Republic of Cospaia Duchy of Ferrara Marquisate of Finale City of Fiume and its District Republic of Florence Duchy of Florence March of Friuli Republic of Genoa Republic of Noli County of Gorizia Princely County of Gorizia
County of Gorizia
and Gradisca County of Guastalla Duchy of Guastalla March of Istria Duchy of Ivrea Republic of Lucca Margravate of Mantua Duchy of Mantua Duchy of Massa and Carrara Duchy of Merania Duchy of Milan Duchy of Mirandola Duchy of Modena and Reggio March of Montferrat Duchy of Montferrat County of Nizza Duchy of Parma Principality of Piedmont Principality of Piombino Republic of Pisa Duchy of Reggio Marquisate of Saluzzo County of Savoy Duchy of Savoy Republic of Siena Duchy of Spoleto Terra Sancti Benedicti Bishopric of Trento March of Turin March of Tuscany Grand Duchy of Tuscany County of Tirolo Duchy of Urbino March of Verona Imperial Free City of Trieste

Byzantine Empire (584-751)

Exarchate of Ravenna
Ravenna
(584–751)

Duchy of Rome
Duchy of Rome
(533–751) Duchy of Perugia
Duchy of Perugia
(554–752) Duchy of the Pentapolis
Duchy of the Pentapolis
(554–752)

Exarchate of Africa
Exarchate of Africa
(585–698)

Republic of Venice (697–1797)

Dogado Stato da Màr Domini di Terraferma

Southern Italy (774–1139)

Byzantine

Duchy of Amalfi Duchy of Gaeta Catepanate of Italy Longobardia Theme of Lucania Duchy of Naples Theme of Sicily
Sicily
and Byzantine Sicily Duchy of Sorrento

Arab

Emirate of Bari Emirate of Sicily

Lombard

Principality of Benevento Principality of Salerno Principality of Capua

Norman

County of Apulia
Apulia
and Calabria County of Aversa County of Sicily Principality of Taranto

Sardinia
Sardinia
and Corsica (9th century–1420)

Giudicati

Agugliastra Arborea Cagliari Gallura Logudoro

Kingdom of Sardinia
Sardinia
and Corsica Corsican Republic
Corsican Republic
(1755–1769)

Kingdom of Sicily (1130–1816) and Kingdom of Naples (1282–1816)

State of the Presidi Duke of San Donato Duchy of Sora Principality of Taranto Neapolitan Republic (1647–1648) Malta under the Order Gozo Malta Protectorate Crown Colony of Malta

French Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras (1792–1815)

Republics

Alba Ancona Bergamo Bologna Brescia Cisalpinia Cispadania Crema Italy Liguria Lucca Parthenopea Piedmont Rome Subalpinia Tiberinia Transpadania

Monarchies

Benevento Etruria Guastalla Italy Lucca and Piombino Massa and Carrara Naples Pontecorvo Tuscany Elba Corsica

Post-Napoleonic states

Duchy of Genoa
Genoa
(1815–1848) Duchy of Lucca
Duchy of Lucca
(1815–1847) Duchy of Massa and Carrara
Duchy of Massa and Carrara
(1814–1829) Duchy of Modena and Reggio
Duchy of Modena and Reggio
(1814–1859) Duchy of Parma
Duchy of Parma
(1814–1859) Grand Duchy of Tuscany
Grand Duchy of Tuscany
(1815–1859) Italian United Provinces
Italian United Provinces
(1831) Provisional Government of Milan
Milan
(1848) Republic of San Marco
Republic of San Marco
(1848–1849) Roman Republic
Roman Republic
(1849) United Provinces of Central Italy
Italy
(1859–1860) Kingdom of Sardinia
Sardinia
(1814–1860) Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
(1816–1861) Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia
Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia
(1815–1866) Papal States
Papal States
(1814–1870)

Post-unification

Kingdom of Italy
Italy
(1861–1946)

Italian Empire
Italian Empire
(1869–1946)

Free State of Fiume
Free State of Fiume
(1920–1924) Italian Social Republic
Italian Social Republic
(1943–1945) Free Territory of Trieste
Free Territory of Trieste
(1947-1954)

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Barbarian kingdoms
Barbarian kingdoms
established around the Migration Period

Germanic kingdoms

Alamannian Kingdom Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy Bavarian Duchy Burgundian Kingdom Frankish Kingdom Frisian Kingdom Gepid Kingdom Odoacer's Kingdom Lombard Kingdom Petty kingdoms of Norway Suevian Kingdom Ostrogothic Kingdom Rugian Kingdom Saxonian Duchy Thuringii
Thuringii
Kingdom Vandal Kingdom Visigothic Kingdom

Hunnic kingdoms

Hunnic Empire

Turkic kingdoms

Great Bulgaria Bulgar Khanate Khazar Khaganate

Iranian kingdoms

Alani Kingdom Avar Khaganate

Celtic kingdoms

Bro Gwened Cantabri Cornouaille Domnonée Hen Ogledd Gaelic Ireland Petty kingdoms of Wales

Slavic kingdoms

Carantian Principa

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