The Legacy of Theoderic

  title={The Legacy of Theoderic},
  author={M. Costambeys},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={249 - 263}
  • M. Costambeys
  • Published 4 July 2016
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
In the penultimate sentence of his Historia Romana, Paul the Deacon inscribes a solid full-stop to his brief sketch of Ostrogothic Italy: having killed Totila, the eunuch Narses, he says, ‘universamque Italiam ad reipublicae iura reduxit’. Although the phrase reipublicae iura exemplifies the studied ambiguity with which Paul delighted to tantalize his readers, the whole statement can be understood as a judgement on Theoderic's régime that many modern historians of Late Antiquity have shared… 


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