Vitiges or Witiges (died 540) was king of the
536 to 540.
He succeeded to the throne of
Italy in the early stages of the Gothic
Belisarius had quickly captured
Sicily the previous year and
was currently in southern
Italy at the head of the forces of Justinian
I, the Eastern Roman Emperor. According to Procopius, he had a
commander in this war named Vacis.
Vitiges was the husband of Amalasuntha's only surviving child,
Matasuntha. The panegyric upon the wedding in 536 was delivered by
Cassiodorus, the praetorian prefect, and survives, a traditionally
Roman form of rhetoric that set the Gothic dynasty in a flatteringly
Soon after he was made king,
Vitiges had his predecessor Theodahad
Theodahad had enraged the Goths because he failed to send
any assistance to Naples when it was besieged by the Byzantines, led
Belisarius took both
captives to Constantinople, and
Vitiges died there, without any
children. After his death,
Matasuntha married the patrician Germanus
Justinus, a nephew of
Justinian I by his sister Vigilantia.
Vitiges appears as a character in the time travel novel Lest Darkness
Fall, by L. Sprague de Camp.
King of the Ostrogoths
^ Edward Gibbon; Henry Hart Milman (1880). The History of the Decline
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^ Julius von Pflugk-Harttung; John Henry Wright (1905). The great
migrations. Lea brothers & company. p. 374.
^ John H. Rosser (2012). Historical Dictionary of Byzantium. Scarecrow
Press. p. 458. ISBN 978-0-8108-7567-8.
^ John Stevens Cabot Abbott; Wilfred C. Lay (1900). Italy. P. F.
Collier. p. 424.
^ Robert Rix (13 November 2014). The Barbarian North in Medieval
Imagination: Ethnicity, Legend, and Literature. Taylor & Francis.
p. 51. ISBN 978-1-317-58968-6.
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