The Ostrogothic Military

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This chapter explores the place of the army and military organisation within the Ostrogothic kingdom. It discusses these issues according to three chronological phases: the army of the conquest, the army in the kingdom of Italy, and the Gothic Wars. Issues such as whether the Ostrogoths themselves were an army, the nature of the army’s settlement and provision of a salary in Italy, and the role of ethnic identity’s role in the formation of the army are all discussed. The army itself has not often been studied as a separate institution, and this may be because, as we shall see, throughout the Ostrogothic kingdom’s short life, the military was inextricably bound up with the nature and the fate of that polity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Ostrogothic Italy
EditorsJonathan Arnold, Shane Bjornlie, Kristina Sessa
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9789004315938
ISBN (Print)9789004313767
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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