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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.



(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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Teodemiro fue el padre de Teodorico el grande, y agrega Jordanes tambien a Amalasunta, hija de Teodorico y sus descendientes.
El continuador de la Historia de Zacarias de Melitene completa el panorama ofrecido por Jordanes, situando en las estepas ponticas y norcaucasicas a los alanos y a otros trece pueblos "que habitan en tiendas" (4).
Acerca de las valoraciones contrastantes, en cuanto a legitimidad, aunque siempre bajo el sello de la continuidad del Imperio en Italia despues del 476, entre Jordanes, Marcelino y Procopio, ver M.
Friedrich Vogel), Magni Felicis Ennodii Opera, Monumenta Germaniae Historcia Auctores Antiquissimi [hereafter cited as MGH AA], 7 (Berlin, 1885); Jordanes, Getica, 57.
Goffart is at his best when showing how even the most entrenched interpretations can admit equally rational alternatives, as with his comments on Jordanes and the Rhine crossing.
The battle dead at Chalons numbered 177,000, according to Jordanes, although later chroniclers inflated the figure to more than 300,000.
Basta con los solos ejemplos de la conocida genealogia Amala de Teodorico transmitida por Jordanes y del origo Langobardorum, transmitido junto con la lista real longobarda, en el Edicto de Rotario, ya del siglo VII avanzado.
En 551+, el escritor alano, Jordanes, narra sobre el Origen y hechos de los Godos.
The Dominican Jordanes of Bergamo introduced medical explanations into the discussion and in c.
As one can tell from the second simplex in her name, the Ealhhild of Widsith is almost certainly this poet's equivalent to the Sunilda of the Latin history of Jordanes and the Svanhildr of Scandinavian tradition, the hapless woman whom Ermanaric, the Iormunrekr of Norse sources, punishes for her supposed treachery or infidelity by having her trampled to death by horses.
Jordanes, Romana, 181 (borrowing from Florus) "ecce alterurn bellum .
Gellius says nothing of the kind; but at Jordanes, Getica 187, Valentinian III, seeking the support of the Visigothic king Theuderid of Toulouse against Attila in 451, urges the argument:

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