The Visigoths in the Time of Ulfila

Overview

Ulfila was a fourth-century Christian bishop and missionary who first brought Christianity to the Goths. He is credited with having created the Gothic alphabet, and he wrote the earliest translation of the Bible into a Germanic language. In this classic and still valuable short study of early Christianity among the Goths, E.A. Thompson first described the background to the Visigoths' conversion from paganism, discussing their material culture, relations with the Roman Empire, social organization and religion. He ...

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Overview

Ulfila was a fourth-century Christian bishop and missionary who first brought Christianity to the Goths. He is credited with having created the Gothic alphabet, and he wrote the earliest translation of the Bible into a Germanic language. In this classic and still valuable short study of early Christianity among the Goths, E.A. Thompson first described the background to the Visigoths' conversion from paganism, discussing their material culture, relations with the Roman Empire, social organization and religion. He went on to detail the conversion and its aftermath and to assess Ulfila's achievement in the earliest history of Christianity among the Germanic people. This second edition includes a new Foreword with additional bibliography by Michael Kulikowski, University of Tenessee, and an additional Appendix: 'The Life of St Saba', translated and annotated by John Matthews, Yale University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780715637005
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/27/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

E.A. Thompson was the author of, among other works, 'The Early Germans' (1965), 'The Goths in Spain' (1969), 'Romans and Barbarians' (1982) and 'Saint Germanus of Auxerre and the End of Roman Britain' (1984).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Political History To A.D. 395 1

1 The Settlement in Dacia 3

2 Constantine and Constantius II 9

3 Valens and Theodosius I 17

Ch. 2 Material Culture and Social Organization 25

1 Material Culture 25

2 Trade with the Roman Empire 34

3 Social Organization 43

4 Paganism 55

Ch. 3 The Passion of St. Saba and Village Life 64

Ch. 4 The Date of the Conversion 78

Ch. Fine Early Visigothic Christianity 94

1 The Fourth-Century Persecutions 94

2 The Circumstances of the Conversion 103

3 Ecclesiastical Organization 110

4 Ulfila's Achievement 115

5 The Bishop Maximinus 119

6 The Conversion of the Barbarians 127

Ch. 6 After Ulfila 133

1 John Chrysostom and the Goths 133

2 The Psathyrians 135

3 Sunnia and Fretela 138

4 The Later History or Ulfila's Text 144

5 Epilogue 155

Appendix 1 Was Fritigern a Christian? 157

Appendix 2 Gaatha 159

Appendix 3 The Bishop Godda 161

Appendix 4 The Passion of St. Saba 166

Index 179

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