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The Lombards, a Germanic people, are first mentioned in 5 ce in connection with the advance of Tiberius along the lower Elbe (Velleius Paterculus II 106.2). Long untouched by Christianity, in the 2nd century they began repeated forays into the central Danube region. A series of victories under King Audoin (c. 546–560) brought them to Pannnonia and in 568 under Audoin's son Alboin (c. 560–572) to Italy (II, 3.a) – after a coalition of Lombards and Avars had crushed the Gepidae in 567. Within a short time they conquered large portions of the land,…

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Scardigli, Piergiuseppe, “Lombards”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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