Jordanes's "Getica" and the Disputed Authenticity of Gothic Origins from Scandinavia

  title={Jordanes's "Getica" and the Disputed Authenticity of Gothic Origins from Scandinavia},
  author={W. Goffart},
  pages={379 - 398}
The noted Prussian historian Heinrich von Sybel said, "A nation that does not keep a living connection with its origins is close to withering, as certainly so as a branch that has been cut from its roots. We are still today what we were yester day."1 This is a harmless remark-one historian's statement among many others affirming the civic relevance of his subject. It might be paraphrased as "History is important. A country that does not cultivate its history is like a branch torn from its trunk… Expand
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