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About the Author

About the author: Jordanes (sixth century AD) was a Goth whose immediate family came from Moesia, or modern northern Bulgaria, when it was on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. Little else is known about his life or death except that he was a high-level notarius, or civil servant who turned to history writing as a hobby after being converted to Christianity.

About the Translator: Charles Christopher Mierow (1883–1961) was an American academic who earned his Ph.D. in classical languages and literature at Princeton, where he produced this translation of Jordanes’ work (originally written in Late Latin) as part of his thesis. He worked as president of Colorado College (Colorado) and still later as professor of biography at Carleton College (Minnesota).

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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466261242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466261242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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This text by Jordanes on the Goths is fascinating and surprisingly readable, considering it's >1450 years old. It tells the tale of the constant struggle between eastern and western Goths, Romans and a myriad other peoples. Jordanes was of Gothic descent himself and obviously exaggerates a great deal about their boldness and so forth, which is perhaps problematic for historians but not for a lay reader like myself.

The Origin and Deeds of the Goths (and this translation) are out of copyright and therefore exists as an eBook at Gutenberg ([...] I bought this book by Hardpress in order to save myself printing all the pages, but was very disappointed with it for the following reason: on all even pages, the 9th line from the bottom is almost white! That is, the ink is missing! This makes it very hard to read and I sometimes had to go back to the eBook and fill in the words. Seems like "Hardpress" means "Hard to read"...
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Jordanes is a delight. It has a fresher, lighter feel than other classical or medieval histories. It is also quite brief. Of course, as with almost any ancient history, there are some genealogical and ethno-historical parts that take determination to muddle through, and names are sometimes left in less-familiar forms (e.g. Theodorid for Theodoric), but these can usually be deciphered without too much work.
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Before Europe was carved up into the nations we know today, its boundaries were demarcated by the claims of various tribal groups, and one of the most prolific tribes was the Goths.

Jordanes, a Christianized Goth, writes his account of his pagan ancestors who left their homeland in Scandinavia and spread throughout Europe. They fought many people along the way and became a prevailing power in Europe. One consistent message we see from Jordanes is that the Goths win. But the great variety of tribes which the Goths encountered is also fascinating. Their names are complex and exotic. They are given reputations of being brave or cowardly, depending on their valor in battle and whether they are ruled over by another tribe. Any white person having ancestry along the paths which the Goths traveled might wonder whether he is partially descended from one of these peoples.

The most exciting part of the book is when the Visigoths team up with the Romans to take on the Huns and their allies. Jordanes uses very effective imagery, and I felt like I was there, witnessing the battle between these titanic forces of the ancient world as they skillfully attacked each other with iron force. It was an ancient European world war that is scarcely remembered today.

Although Jordanes' account gives us a good idea of the actual history of the ancient peoples of Europe, he recites some rather interesting myths. One of these concerns the Amazons, a tribe of female warriors who Jordanes says broke off from the Goths. They would only meet with men to mate, and if the resulting child was male they'd give him to a nearby tribe. They kept only the girls.

If you like the Huns, you may be disappointed.
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This book was printed to order, and with a hard cover, so it should be pretty durable.It is a reprint of the translation of Jordanes by Charles C Mierow as part of his thesis for his doctorate. The text is the translation only and does not include the Latin text, but neither did Mierow in his original book. It arrived promptly and in good condition. Jordanes gives a Gothic view of their History, in contrast to the Latin and Greek Historians, such as Procopius, who give us the Roman view of the Goths. Jordanes is both trying to creat a national history, woven in part from tribal memory and mythology, and intergrate this Gothic history into the broad swep of classical history, as represented by the world chronicle of Eusebius, Jerome, Orosius and others.As such it is an essential text for the understanding of Fifth and sixth century history. The reader needs to be aware that Jordanes is both 'bigging-up' the Goths in relation to other barbarian tribes, in particular he deminishes the role of the Gepids who he reduces to ridicule, and he monsters the Huns; who epitimise everything barbaric, in contrast to the noble Goths. He is also simplifying Gothic history - to praise to Gothic royal families, the Balts and the Amals, who happen to be ruling Spain and Italy when he was writing. He has almost certainly intergrated great leaders of the Goths who were not Balts or Amels into their family history - he has almost certainly eradicated the memory of other leaders who were not of these families; he has almost certainly simplified Gothic history into that of two nations, the Visigoths and Ostrogoths, when there may have been a half dozen or more branches to the Gothic nation. However he preserves in some detail events in fifth century Gaul which would be lost to history, and to some extent the Balkans.Read more ›
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