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The Gothic History of Jordanes (Christian Roman Empire series vol 2) Paperback – May 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1889758770 ISBN-10: 1889758779

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Evolution Publishing (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889758779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889758770
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Kinzel on April 23, 2007
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The Goths, unlike many other barbarians, were fortunate in having the zealous energies of both a missionary and a historian. The missionary Wulfilas, in translating much of the Bible into Gothic, saved the language from the near-oblivion which was the fate of Thracian and Illyrian. Jordanes, the historian, preserved much of the Goths' history and legendary pre-history.

Jordanes' work was an epitome or summary, from memory, of a now lost 12-volume history of the Goths by Cassiodorus which Jordanes says that he had the opportunity to read at a three-day sitting. It makes one wonder how much was irrevocably lost, as well as grateful for his efforts.

The book is a reprint of a 1915 edition. The overall quality and readability is quite high, unlike some reprints of older works which I've seen.

Fully one-quarter of the book is composed of introductory sections on a variety of themes, including Jordanes' name, ethnicity, ecclesiastical situation, language (Mierow concludes that Latin was Jordanes' second language), and an analysis of his probable and possible sources apart from Cassiodorus. If you like philological analyses of these kinds of questions, with reference to scholarly differences of opinion, as I do, then you will enjoy the introduction tremendously. Keep in mind that the state of the scholarship is as of 1915. I'm not a scholar, I just play one on Amazon, but I assume that at least some of the conclusions of the introduction have been called into question. That being said, this introduction is an excellent starting point for the study of the text, and that is how it should be viewed.
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