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The Goths

Peter Heather

ISBN: 978-0-631-16536-1 January 1991 Wiley-Blackwell 380 Pages


The volume is divided into three parts, corresponding to the three main phases in Gothic history: their early history down to the fourth century, the revolution in Gothic society set in motion by the arrival of the Huns, and the history of the Gothic successor states to the western Roman Empire. At its heart lies a new vision of Gothic identity, and of the social caste by whom it was defined and transmitted.
List of Plates.

List of Figures.




1. The Gothic Problem.

Part I: In Search of the Goths:.

2. From the Baltic to the Black Sea.

3. The Fourth Century Kingdoms.

Part II: Goths, Huns and Romans:.

4. The Hunnic Revolution.

5. Goths and Romans: Remaking the Gothic World.

6. The Transformation of the Goths 376-476.

Part III: The Kingdoms of the Goths:.

7. The First Gothic Successor State.

8. Ostrogothic Italy: Kingdom and Empire.

9. Sixth Century Crises and Beyond.

10. Symbols, Mechanisms, and Continuities.

Appendix 1: Procopius and the Gothic Elite.

Appendix 2: Non-Goths in the Army of Totila.


1. Primary Sources.

2. Secondary Sources.

3. The Wielbark and Cernjachov Cultures.


"...a volume of central importance on the place of the Goths in early European history and a fine contribution to the study of the transformation of Europe after Rome." Times Literary Supplement, January 1998. <!--end-->

"... an excellent introduction to the student" Archaeological Review from Cambridge

  • The first book to examine the full range of Gothic history.

  • Makes accessible in English new East European archaeological investigation and evidence.

  • Offers a bold, new theory of Gothic ethnicity.