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Ostrogoths vs. Franks: Imagining the Past in the Middle Ages

  • Fabrizio Oppedisano

This introductory essay aims at highlighting some aspects concerning the connections between the Ostrogoths and Franks in the Middle Ages. To this end, cases from different contexts and chronologies have been examined: firstly, Giovanni Villani’s chronicle, which conveys a polarized image of the Gothic and Carolingian worlds; and then some testimonies from the ninth century, that use the Ostrogothic model in connection with the present in a more complex and ambivalent manner. The various interpretations of the Gothic world are linked by a tendency to emphasize historical analogies, that leads to an overall and protracted disinterest in the specific forms of Ostrogothic society and in work that most documents it, Cassiodorus’ Variae.

  • Keywords:
  • Middle Ages,
  • Communal Age,
  • Carolingian Age,
  • Florence,
  • Giovanni Villani,
  • Walahfrid Strabo,
  • Cassiodorus,
  • Franks,
  • Ostrogoths,
  • Political Use of History,
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Fabrizio Oppedisano

Scuola Normale of Pisa, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-4259-6282

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Chapter Information

Chapter Title

Ostrogoths vs. Franks: Imagining the Past in the Middle Ages

Authors

Fabrizio Oppedisano

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-664-3.04

Peer Reviewed

Publication Year

2022

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© 2022 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

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Book Title

Between Ostrogothic and Carolingian Italy

Book Subtitle

Survivals, revivals, ruptures

Editors

Fabrizio Oppedisano

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

262

Publication Year

2022

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© 2022 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

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Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-664-3

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978-88-5518-663-6

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978-88-5518-664-3

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978-88-5518-666-7

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Reti Medievali E-Book

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2704-6362

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2704-6079

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