The Historiography of Crisis: Jordanes, Cassiodorus and Justinian in mid-sixth-century Constantinople*

  title={The Historiography of Crisis: Jordanes, Cassiodorus and Justinian in mid-sixth-century Constantinople*},
  author={Lieve van Hoof and Peter van Nuffelen},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={275 - 300}
ABSTRACT This article presents a new interpretation of the historiographical production of Jordanes by situating it in the political and social environment of Constantinople of the years 550–552. It argues that these years were a period of crisis in Justinian's reign and that this is reflected in the pessimistic view of Roman power and the critique of Justinian's military and religious policy we can see in Jordanes’ Romana. If this prevents us from understanding Jordanes as a mouthpiece of the… 



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