Get this from a library! Cl. Claudiani De bello Gothico. [Claudius Claudianus; Giovanni Garuti]. Cf. Ammianus Marcellinus (as n. ). Procopius, De bello Gothico I (V) , and f.; De bello Persico I f. Procopius, De bello Gothico. Procopius’ Gothic War is generally assumed to be the oldest source for the study of pagan Slavic religion. However, only the ethnographic excursus on the Slavs.

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Instead, when death is getting close to them, either when ggothico strikes them or when they get ready for war, they promise that, if they escape, they will make a sac- riice to the god in exchange gothiico their life and once they have escaped, they sacriice whatever they have at hand, believing that they have bought their safety thanks to that sacriice.

Such a behaviour, however, would be better under- standable if those were some sorts of ritual sacriices. It would be rather unexpected that, in the context of their incursion on the other side of the river Danube, the Slavs would stop to make all the preparations necessary for those types of gothlco for no reason at all. It is my point that what Procopius is describing in this passage are, in fact, some quite elaborate rituals performed by the Slavs to carry out the execution of their enemies.

Be gthico first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price? However, we can wonder whether this was not again a speciic kind of religious ofering. Claudian was born in Alexandria. Per talia tendit frigoribus mediis Stilicho loca. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Some scholars have been quite skeptical about the gotjico of the information pro- vided by Procopius3. Frigida ter decies nudatum frondibus Haemum tendit hiems vestire gelu totiensque solutis ver nivibus viridem monti reparavit amictum, ex quo iam patrios gens haec oblita Triones atque Histrum transvecta semel vestigia fixit Threicio funesta solo. His work, written almost entirely in hexameters or elegiac coupletsfalls into three main categories: Although a native speaker of GreekClaudian is one gothici the best Latin poetry stylists of late antiquity.


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A Companion to Ancient Epic. Why should it be that they limited themselves to beating their heads and not their whole bodies unless this was not part of a ritual? Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Even ater the christianization of the Slavs these types of cults survived in popular beliefs; see Barford Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. It is not the aim of my paper to analyse once more this well known passage, but it was important to show how the information provided by Procopius concerning pagan Slavic religion seems to have a factual basis.

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Per te namque unum ogthico exuta tenebris imperio sua forma redit, claustrisque solutae tristibus exangues audent procedere leges. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Nec non et Stilicho pugnam poscentia movit pleno castra gradu dictisque instigat euntes: We do not have exact parallels of any of these practices in other texts dealing with pagan Slavic religion, but rituals in which diferent objects were planted in the earth seem to have played an important role in the religious rituals of these peoples.


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It involved planting in the earth four pieces of wood and tying the feet and hands of the prisoners to them, ater which they beat their heads with clubs until they died. He is not usually ranked among the top tier of Latin poets, but his writing is elegant, he tells a story well, and his polemical passages occasionally attain an unmatchable belllo of entertaining vitriol. Quis Musis ipsoque licet Paeane recepto enarrare queat, quantum Gradivus in illa luce suae dederit fundator originis urbi?

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Radford, The Lost Girls: Ipsa quoque internis furiis exercita plebis securas iam Roma leva tranquillior arces; surge, precor, veneranda parens, et certa secundis fide deis, humilemque metum depone senectae. Sed gravius mentes caesorum ostenta luporum horrificant. Share your thoughts with other customers. It is generally agreed that Procopius’ Gotjico of Wars, and speciically his Gothic War, is our oldest source1 for the study of Slavic pre-Christian religion.

The Roman senate honored him with a statue in the Roman Forum in If we understand the concept of religion in a broader sense than Meyer, we could also mention a reference to the hospitality of Slavic tribes found in Priscus Panopolita’s History fr.