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Reference: Burgess, R. W. (Richard W.), (1989). Hydatius. DPhil. University of Oxford.Citable link to this page:


Hydatius Subtitle: A late Roman chronicler in post-Roman Spain : an historiographical study and new critical edition of the Chronicle

Abstract: Late Roman chronicles are little studied and greatly misunderstood. The purpose of thisdissertation is to treat a Late Roman chronicler, Hydatius, as a living, breathing personand to use the chronicle as a means of revealing this individual: his beliefs, his interests,his fears, his attitudes, his view of the Empire, and his abilities as an historian. Hydatiuswas a bishop in Gallaecia, writing in 468-9 amidst the Suevic depredations of Spain. Asa result he is a unique source in that he is the earliest extant historian who wrote in a post-Roman (i.e. Mediaeval) world. His chronicle is the only detailed source for Spanishhistory in the fifth century and the only detailed source written about the fifth-centurybarbarian invasions and settlements. Though extremely isolated he had remarkablecontacts with the outside world and his chronicle is a unique source for much non-Spanish information. It is also one of the most personal of all the Late Antique chroniclesand therefore an excellent gateway for an examination of the Late Roman world as seenthrough the eyes of a contemporary. For these reasons, Hydatius' vivid and oftenemotive account of the sufferings of Gallaecia at the hands of the Sueves and Goths,framed by the parallel military, religious and imperial history of the Eastern and Westernempires and set within the eschatological context of the imminent Apocalypse, deservesdetailed study. The production of a new critical edition, based on only the third,complete, first-hand examination of the sole major manuscript (B) since 1615 and thefirst produced from all known manuscript evidence, complete with apparatuses on themanuscripts, chronology and orthography, was necessitated by the perverse Sourceschrétiennes edition of 1974 and the discovery of new evidence from a careful study ofmanuscript B.

Type of Award:DPhil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky

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Issue Date: 1989Identifiers

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Source identifier: 602323696

Source identifier: 602323697 Item Description

Type: Thesis;

Language: eng lat Subjects: Galicia (Spain : Region) Rome Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D Republic, 265-30 B.C Spain Roman period, 218 B.C.-414 A.D History Tiny URL: td:602323696


Autor: Burgess, R. W. Richard W. - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyFaculty of Literae Humaniores - - - - Bibliographic Details Is

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