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Epigraphic Stratigraphy: is There Any Trace of the Ostrogoths in Early Medieval “Layers” (6th-9th Century)?

  • Flavia Frauzel

The short but significant experiment of the Ostrogothic Kingdom in Italy left politically ephemeral albeit culturally surprisingly durable traces in the peninsula. Among them, epigraphy takes centre stage when discussing decrees, laws, and public documents, which are a direct expression of the rulers’ will to gain greater visibility and disseminate their voice. However, epigraphy is also crucial to knowing the names, professions, ideas, and other concepts relating to the ordinary people. This contribution aims to examine a number of issues concerning controversial Germanic names datable between the VIth and VIIth century AD, and variably assigned to Ostrogoths, Lombards, and even Carolingians characters; through the lens of these durable materials, which – ironically enough – are monuments both recording contemporary propaganda and everyday life facets, the article will also explore the graphic and epigraphic changes which occurred in Italy between the VIth-IXth centuries.

  • Keywords:
  • Early Middle Ages,
  • Late Antiquity,
  • Ostrogoths,
  • Lombards,
  • Germanic names,
  • Epigraphy,
  • Paleography,
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Flavia Frauzel

CAMNES, Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, Italy

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  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Pages: 149-188
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Chapter Information

Chapter Title

Epigraphic Stratigraphy: is There Any Trace of the Ostrogoths in Early Medieval “Layers” (6th-9th Century)?

Authors

Flavia Frauzel

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-664-3.11

Peer Reviewed

Publication Year

2022

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© 2022 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

Bibliographic Information

Book Title

Between Ostrogothic and Carolingian Italy

Book Subtitle

Survivals, revivals, ruptures

Editors

Fabrizio Oppedisano

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

262

Publication Year

2022

Copyright Information

© 2022 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-664-3

ISBN Print

978-88-5518-663-6

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978-88-5518-664-3

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978-88-5518-666-7

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Reti Medievali E-Book

Series ISSN

2704-6362

Series E-ISSN

2704-6079

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