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(Athanaricus in Amm. Marc. 27,5,6; 31,3,4; Jer. Chron. 327F; Hydat. Chron. s.a. 381). Iudex of the Gothic Tervingians, head of their royal clan (Zos. 4,34), probably the elder  Balthi, died on 25.1. AD 381 in Constantinople. His father exacted from him an oath never to tread on Roman soil (Amm. Marc. 27,9; 31,4,13). This should be understood as an expression of the sacral function of the Tervingian iudex, who was also the supreme army commander of the gens [1. 76]. In 366 because of his kinship with  Constantinus [1], the Tervingians sent the usurper Procopius suppl…

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Schwarcz, Andreas (Vienna), “Athanaric”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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