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Book IV
Ch. 6

This webpage reproduces a chapter of
Italy and her Invaders

by
Thomas Hodgkin

published by the Clarendon Press
Oxford
1896

The text, and illustrations except as noted,
are in the public domain.

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Book IV
Ch. 7

Vol. III
p214
The 'Annals of Ravenna' on the war between Odovacar and Theodoric

In order to bring the nature of the materials for the history of this struggle before the mind of the reader, and especially to show the curious dependence of four of our authorities on the u215 common source now perished, which is called the 'Annals of Ravenna,' the subtracts from the chroniclers relating to this period are here arranged side by side. It will be seen that their chronological data differ exceedingly, but, to facilitate comparison, the extracts are all reduced to that which is now ascertained to be the true chronology. The date, and an abstract of the information gathered from them all, are place d in the first column. A few references to Ennodius, Jordanes, and Procopius are also appended. The reader must not expect grammatical accuracy either in the Chroniclers or in Agnellus.
488 Anon. Valesii Continuatio Prosperi, Cod. Havniensis seu Chronog. A.D. 641 Chronicon Cuspiniani Agnelli Liber Pontificalis Cassiodorus Marcellinus Comes Jordanes Ennodii Panegyricus Theoderici
Dynamius and Sifidius Consuls. Theodoric starts for Italy late in the autumn. 'Ergo superveniente Theoderico patricio de civitate Nova cum gente Gothica, missus ab imperatore Zenone de partibus orientis ad defendendam sibi Italiam cui Dinamio et Sifidio. Dinamio et Sifidio. His Cons. arsit Pontus Apollinaris [in Ravenna] noctu in pascha XV Kal. majas. Cum istius temporibus pons Apollenaris Ravennae concrematus est nocte in Pascha quarto Nonas Aprilis. Dinamius et Sifidius. Dianmio et Sifidio Coss. eodem anno Theodericus rex omnium suorum multitudine assumpta Gothorum in Italiam tendit. Igitur egressus urbe regia Theodericus et ad suos revertens omnem gentem Gothorum, qui tamen ei praebuerunt consensum, Hesperiam tendit, rectoque itinere per Sirmis ascendit vicina Pannoniae, Tunc a te commonitis logne lateque viribus innumeros diffusa per populos gens una contrahitur migrante te cum ad Ausoniam mundo etc. (p173, ••ed. Mign). Ulca fluvius est tutela Gepidarum etc. (p173). Transeo Sarmatas cum statione migrantes etc. (p174).
Anicius Probinus and Eusebius Consuls. 1 April, Tufa appointed Magister Militum by Odovacar. 28 Aug. Battle of the Isonzo. 27 Sep. Odovacar entrenches himself at Verona. 30 Sep. Battle of Verona. Flight of Odovacar to Ravenna. occurrit venienti Odoachar ad fluvium Sontium, et ibi pugnans cum eodem, victus fugit. At vero Odoachar abiit in Veronam et fixit fossatum in campo minore Veronense V Kalendas Octobris, ibique persecutus est eum Theodericus, et pugna facta, ceciderunt populi ab utraque parte; tamen superatus Odoachar fugit Ravennam pridie Kalendas Octobris. Probino et Eusebio Fausto Jun. 000vc [490] Hoc consule Theudoricus rex Gothorum ingressus est fossatum ponte Sontis adversum Odoachar regem. Quem cum ingenti copia hostium munitum et insolentis animi cerneret non posse eum vi superare, timore perculsus aufugit ac se Veronensi oppido cum exercitu recedit. quem cum rex Theodericus fugisse se coram comperit, expers bellicis rebus Probino et Eusebio Fausto Jun. 000vc [490] His cons. ingressus est rex Theodericus in fossato pontis Sontio V Kl. Sept. et fugit Odoacar rex de fossato et abiit Beronam. Probinus et Eusebius. [486] His Coss. felicissimus atque fortissimus 000dn Rex Thedericus intravit Italiam, cui Odoacer ad Isontium pugnam parans victus cum tota gente fugatus est. Eodem anno repetito conflictu Veronae vincitur Odoacer. Eusebio et Probino Coss. Idem Theodoricus rex Gothorum optatam occupavit Italian. Odoacer itidem rex Gothorum metu Theodorici perterritus Ravennam ingressus est. indeque Venetiarum fines ingressus ad Pontem Sontii nuncupatum castra metatus est. Cumque ibi ad reficienda corpora hominum jumentorumque aliquanto tempore resedisset, Odoacer armatum contra eum direxit exercitum. Quem ille ad campos Veronenses occurrens magna strage Tibi cum rectore meo, Odovacar, occurro, qui universas contra eum nationes, quasi orbis concussor, exciveras. Tot reges tecum ad Bella convenerant, quot sustinere generalitas milites mix valeret etc. Non te castra longo munita tempore, non fluminis profunda tenuerunt etc. (p174).


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