IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1605: Rome’s externae gentes in Late Antiquity

Thursday 13 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Roland Steinacher, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Ralph Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Paper 1605-aBarbarian Societies on their Way from Chiefdoms to Early State Organisation: The Development of Kingship and Kingdoms in the Roman Borderland
(Language: English)
Stefanie Dick, Historisches Institut, Universität Paderborn
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1605-bThe Relationship between Vandals and Visigoths
(Language: English)
Alessandra Rodolfi, Dipartimento di Filologia Classica & Medievale, Università degli Studi di Parma
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1605-cGotthi intra Hispanias sedes acceperunt: Considering the Means of Visigothic Accommodation in Spain
(Language: English)
Manuel Koch, Institut zur Interdisziplinären Erforschung des Mittelalters und seines Nachwirkens, Universität Paderborn
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1605-dPannonia as the Empire’s Drill-Ground
(Language: English)
Roland Steinacher, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Military History
Abstract

The 5th-Century Gothic regna in Italy, southern Gaul and Spain, the Vandal regnum in Africa and their possible background in Pannonia are in this session problematized by German, Italian, and Austrian scholars. The session will try to compare these structures, considering the specific conditions, and to understand their background by offering different case studies. These studies profit from the lively recent research on the world of late antiquity. Some of these externae gentes were able to build kingdoms, others were not. While the regna of the Vandals (533-34), or of the Osthrogoths in Italy (555) collapsed, some became part of medieval Europe, like Visigothic Spain. The attempt was undertaken to get an insight view in late antique structures of building identity, in one case also leaving the Mediterranean sea.