Faculty Publication - Theoderic and the Roman Imperial Restoration

Theoderic and the Roman Imperial Restoration

 

Dr. Jonathan J. Arnold has just published a book with Cambridge University Press. This book offers a new interpretation of the Fall of Rome and the Barbarian successor kingdom known as “Ostrogothic Italy.” Relying primarily on Italian evidence, it argues that the subjects of the Ostrogothic kingdom viewed their realm as a revived Roman Empire and their king, Theoderic, as a Roman emperor. It thus places the Theoderican epoch firmly within the continuum of Roman history, challenging narratives of decline and fall and barbarian invasion.