germanicheroTitle:The Germanic Hero: Politics and Pragmatism in Early Medieval Poetry
Author:Brian Murdoch
Gemre:Historical research
Year:1996 - 2003
Publ.Bloomsbury Academic
In The Germanic Hero Brian Murdoch looks at the role the warrior-hero plays within a set of predetermined political and social constraints. the hero is not a sword-wielding barbarian, bent only upon establishing his own fame; such fame-seekers (including some famous medieval literary figures) might even fall outside the definition of the Germanic hero, the real value of whose deeds are given meaning only within the political construct. Individual prowess is not enough. The hero must conquer the blows of fate because he is committed to the conquest of chaos, and over all to the need for social stability. Brian Murdoch discusses works in Old English, Old and Middle High German, Old Norse, Latin and Old French, deliberately going beyond what is normally thought of as 'heroic poetry' to include the German so-called 'minstrel epic', and a work by a writer who is normally classified as a late medieval chivalric poet, Konrad von Wurzburg, the comparison of which with Beowulf allows us to span half a millennium.
rivestacitusTitle:Tacitus' Germania
Author:Translated from Latin with introduction and commentary by J. B. Rives
Publ.Oxford University Press
A reader seeking information about Tacitus' monograph and guidance as to its importance in a variety of areas will receive good value from this book. Sane, learned, and well written, it will at once become an important entry in all bibliographies on the Germania. Gnomon Rives has given us a volume which will require the attention of all students of the Germania, both for his own views and his recapitulation of earlier scholarship. It is a rich feast. Gnomon Rives ducks no important and difficult point; his discussions are extensive and sane. Gnomon The reader who comes to study the monograph without much background will learn a great deal. Rives is particularly good on the ethnographic tradition of which Tacitus was a part and on anthropology. Gnomon Rives has done a masterful job ... handsomely produced, with attractive type and ample white space on the page. It will serve its varied readers well, both those who know no Latin and those who wish the text elucidated. Gnomon A scholarly, authoritative text ... a great resource. Phoenix
goths_in_the_fourthTitle:The Goths in the Fourth Century
Author:Peter Heather, John F. Matthews
Year:1991, repr. 2010
Publ.Liverpool University Press
This book contains a range of English translations of important texts pertaining to the history, politics, society and religion of the Goths from the mid-3rd century to the 380s. Selected because they are otherwise unavailable or not readily accessible, the excerpts include two speeches by Themistius, the Canonical Epistle of the Bishop of Pontus, the martyr-act Passion of St Sabas , some letters written by Basil of Caesarea, and a range of sources relating to the life and work of Ulfila, one of the most renown bishops of the Goths. Archaeological evidence relating to Gothic culture covering modern Russia, Ukraine and Romania, including settlement and funerary data, small finds and pottery, forms the focus of one of the chapters.