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Comment le prince se proclame-t-il chrétien dans l'Italie ostrogothique ?

Abstract : Theoderic and his successors faced a double challenge : first, to be recognised as a prince by the Roman population when, having been sent by the emperor of the East, he imposed himself by force as a barbarian king, competitor of another barbarian king, Odoacer. And second, though he was Arian like most of the Goths who accompanied him, to win over a Catholic majority who might fear persecution such as that meted out by the neighbouring Vandals. This article examines the various means he used to portray himself as a unifying Christian prince - marriage, redemption of prisoners, arbitration during the Laurentian schism - and attempts to define the characteristics of his religious policy - prudence, neutrality, graciousness and tolerance - but also the mishaps because of which, in a changed context, he acquired the image of a persecuting king, an image perpetuated by later legends. The town planning deployed in Ravenna is better known and has been deliberately omitted.
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Valérie Fauvinet-Ranson. Comment le prince se proclame-t-il chrétien dans l'Italie ostrogothique ?. B. Dumézil; S. Destephen; H. Inglebert. Le prince chrétien de Constantin aux royautés barbares (IVe-VIIIe s.), Association des Amis du Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, p. 341-355, 2018, Travaux et Mémoires, 978-2-916716-66-4. ⟨hal-02413835⟩



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