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Goths in the Fourth Century (Liverpool University Press - by Peter Heather

By Peter Heather

This quantity brings jointly many vital old texts, nearly all of them (speeches of Themistius, the fervour of St Saba, and proof in relation to the existence and paintings of Ulfila) now not formerly to be had in English translation. "...a compact and interesting homemade equipment for the coed of Gothic history... outstanding."—Bryn Mawr Classical evaluate

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Eccl. 3; Pan. Lat. 1–4). Goths4thCent_02_Ch2 26 6/12/04, 12:09 pm THEMISTIUS, ORATIONS 8 & 9 27 But where all share the benefit equally, some taking more from the [115] enemy, others giving less from their own pockets, one could say that this was a triumph for the common happiness, this the true victory by which we shall gain the ascendancy over both the Scythians and the tax-collectors. And so the tax-gatherers50 [173] shall not terrify me more than the barbarians nor shall the farmers’ harvest be emptied out before it is gathered in, the money-lenders shall not stand beside those who bring in the vintage nor winter pass without festivals, the storehouses fallen into decay;51 but rather there shall be good things in overflowing abundance: then shall I see the spoils of the Scythians, when no one takes what is mine as spoil.

78) records that in 362 a Gothic embassy came to Julian asking for alterations to the terms of their treaty. The emperor dismissed the embassy, saying that the treaty could only be changed by war. No clash occurred in Julian’s reign, and some Goths served on his Persian campaign, but the accession of Valens offered the Goths more hope of changing the relationship by force. There is no inconsistency between this hostility and the Goths’ decision to assist Procopius, when they responded to a request which stressed the usurper’s relationship to the Constantinian dynasty (Amm.

In expressing the hope that he will be able to fashion Valens’ son into a new Alexander, Themistius by extension casts himself as Aristotle; he re-used this conceit in January 383 of Theodosius’ son Arcadius (Or. /204). Goths4thCent_02_Ch2 32 6/12/04, 12:09 pm THEMISTIUS, ORATIONS 8 & 9 33 identity, a thoughtful countenance. No jester leads him beyond the measure, no miracle man awes him,72 as is right for one who in future will take delight in philosophy and have other things to admire. May God bring this prayer to pass for us.

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