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(jôrdā`nēz), fl. 6th cent., historian of the Ostrogoths, b. in the lower Danube region. His History of the Goths, an abridgment of the lost work of CassiodorusCassiodorus
(Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator) , c.485–c.585, Roman statesman and author. He held high office under Theodoric the Great and the succeeding Gothic rulers of Italy, who gave him the task of putting into official Latin their state papers and
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, is the only extant source for Ostrogothic history and one of the few works written in Vulgar Latin.
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(Jordanis), a Gothic historian of the sixth century. An Ostrogoth in origin, Jordanes was notarius (secretary) of an Alani military leader who was in the service of the Eastern Roman Empire. Jordanes’ principal work is On the Origin and Deeds of the Getae (taken up to the year 551)—one of the most important sources of the history of the Goths and the peoples of the northern Black Sea coast and of the entire period of the great migration of peoples. It also contains brief but valuable data on the ancient Slavs. An abridged version of a work of Cassiodorus which has not survived, Jordanes’ work also contains information on events occurring in his lifetime. Jordanes reflected the desires of the part of the Ostrogoth nobility that wanted an accord with Byzantium, even at the price of subordination to the latter.


“O proiskhozhdenii i deianiiakh getov.” Getica. Introductory article, translation, and commentary by E. Ch. Skrzhinskaia. Moscow, 1960. (With bibliography.)


Wagner, N. Getica: Untersuchungen zum Leben des Iordanes … Berlin, 1967.
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About a third of the way through the Getica, Jordanes describes how the Goths in the year 248 besieged the city of Marcianopolis, the capital of the Roman province of Moesia Inferior--now the town of Devnya in Bulgaria on the shores of Lake Beloslav.
Friedrich Vogel), Magni Felicis Ennodii Opera, Monumenta Germaniae Historcia Auctores Antiquissimi [hereafter cited as MGH AA], 7 (Berlin, 1885); Jordanes, Getica, 57.289-91 (ed.
The battle dead at Chalons numbered 177,000, according to Jordanes, although later chroniclers inflated the figure to more than 300,000.
The following is by no means untypical: 'However, a summary of my argument in chapter I that Jordanes' Getica (as his editors have dubbed De origine actibusque Getarum) exercises the repeatable materiality of a "rhapsody" can illustrate how the activity of rediscovery with which I identify Gothic repeatable materialities defines such a complex yet variable "set of material institutions"' (p.
The ascription of the Goths to the eastern party seems to indicate a reception of Jordanes Getica (which links the ethnogenesis of the Huns to the Goths), possibly through Widukind.

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