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Theodoric the Great
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(c. 450, Pannonia – Aug 30, 526, Ravenna), king of the Ostrogoths (Goths). Brought up in Constantinople as nephew of the king of the Pannonian Ostrogoths, he succeeded to the throne c. 470; in 473 he and his Goths moved into the Balkan provinces of the East Roman Empire. From that base, at the behest of Emperor Zeno he conquered Italy, then ruled by Odoacer, between 488 and 493. Under his leadership, the kingdom of the Ostrogoths in Italy was supreme among the regna of what had been West Roman soil. Internally Theodoric emphasized institutional continuity and ac…

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Pohl, Walter, “Theodoric the Great”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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