Byzantines to Barbarians by pengxiang


									The Byzantine Emperor Justinian
Constantinople (founded 330)
The Spread of Christianity
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 65% of all revenue came from
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 the East but 66% of the entire
  independent political entities
     vulnerable—just as the
 emperor in Constantinople as
 Troops went unpaid, the West
army was stationed insupplies
        the senior partner
 Germans were renewing their
could not be purchased, bribes
  attacks on the frontier again
 could not be paid to barbarian
           chiefs, etc.
• Cities declined further and power of large rural
  landowners increased
   – In the West, cities declined rapidly and urban dwellers
     fled into the countryside
       • Gradually fell under the control of large landowners
          – In exchange for oaths of loyalty and annual fees
            and rents, these immigrants were granted small
            plots of land and military protection of landlord
• Aristocrats and peasants constructing a network of
  relatively stable and independent cells that
  survive the collapse of the Western
  Empire and serve as foundation for
  the Middle Ages
• In the West, church leaders adopted an
  independent attitude towards the state
• What remained of towns and cities
  looked to Church, not the corrupt state.
  for protection and justice
             SHIFT OF LOYALTY
• Because of the leadership of the Church, German
  barbarians tended to be generally respectful towards
  church leaders
• Many Roman citizens had come to view the state as
   – Robbing and persecuting them and giving absolutely
     nothing in return
   – In their eyes, local church leaders and large
     landowners were the only people they could trust for
     protection and justice
             THE GERMANS
• Begin to migrate out of their homeland in
  Scandinavia and NE Russia around 500 BC
  – 100 BC occupy most of modern-day Germany
  – Primarily raised sheep and cattle
  – Raiding
• No formal political organization
   – Tied together by bonds of personal loyalty
      • Kinship and Lordship
• Kinship
   – Based on clans (large group who were blood relations)
   – Group of clans would join together to form a tribe
      • Maintained cohesion with myth that they all were
        descended from a legendary hero or god
   – Major function was mutual protection
      • If a person was killed or injured, his kin were
        expected to get vengeance from the offender or from
        the offender’s kin group.
• Relationship between leader and his retinue of warriors
   – Voluntary relationship
• How it worked
   – Leading man would issue a call to all young warriors
     who wanted to fight with him
       • Those who answered call would swear to serve
         leader faithfully in return for his protection and share
         of spoils
       • Members of different clans would join these bands
• Formed groups of companions, bound to one another and
  to their leader by oaths
   – Took place outside traditional ties of kinship
• Before they began their migration around 500 BC, Germans had
  a similar language and culture
   – But after the migrations began, different groups became
     isolated from one another and differences in language and
     culture developed.
• By 300 AD, two distinct major groups of Germans had developed
   – West Germans (Saxons, Franks, and Alemanni who settled
     along the Roman border of the Rhine River and supported
     themselves by farming)
   – East Germans (Goths, Vandals, and Lombards who lived in
     Hungary and southern Russia and supported themselves as
     nomadic horsemen and herders)
             WEST GERMANS
• Large, with red or blond
  hair, worn long, and blue
• Lived to hunt and fight and,
  during peaceful times,
  drank until they passed out
• No central government
   – Might choose war leader
     in times of emergency,
     but– otherwise--unity
     provided by kinship and
• Since the beginning of the Roman Empire,
  Romans and German barbarians had influenced
  each other
   – Germans began to enlist in the Roman army in
     the 3rd century AD
      • Did not join individually
      • Joined in units known as Foederati
         –War bands who fought for Rome under
           their own chieftains
   – Trade developed between
     two groups
• Germans constantly pressed against Roman
   – Sometimes broke through and caused trouble
      • Always ultimately driven back across the
• Situation sometimes became confusing
                     German Foederati fighting
                     German barbarians
           “MILITARY DEMISE”
• Manpower shortage caused Rome to relax eligibility
  requirements in the army so that most soldiers were
  German mercenaries by 420 AD
   – Many became officers and some even became
     some commanders
      • Called Patricians
         –Emperors became their puppets
• But the problem remained
   – Disloyal, ill-disciplined, poorly equipped German
   – Rome did not really have an army anymore
• Up until 400, Germans satisfied to
  launch periodic raids into the empire
• Around 400, entire tribes and groups of
  tribes (nations) began to move into the
  empire simultaneously
      • Captured huge chunks of territory,
        settled, set up independent
                    THE HUNS

• Huns forced huge German migration
  – Nomadic people from Gobi Desert
  – Expert horsemen
  – Entered northern Europe
        – Terrorized German tribes who lived there
        – Germans migrated to escape them

• Visigoths cross Danube River 375 and
  ultimately settle in Spain
• 200,000 Sueves, Vandals, and Alans
  sweep into Gaul and then Spain in 406
   – Occupy huge chunks of these provinces
   – Vandals cross Strait of Gilbralter
      • take control of North Africa and
               THE West “END”
             • In the years that followed, Angles
               and Saxons took Britain
             • Franks took a large portion of Gaul
             • Ostrogoths invade Italy
             • In 476, the patrician Odovacar
               deposed the last pupper emperor,
               Romulus Augustulus, sent imperial
               regalia to Constantinople, and made
               himself king of Italy
             • Western Empire “finished”
Barbarian Invasions
  Many barbarian
  kingdoms would
  not last long but
 they did mark the
 way for the future
Europe, as a unified
 unit, was finished
  by a multitude of
 small, competing
“Wild animals run from the dangers
  they actually see, and once they
have escaped them, worry no more.
We, however, are tormented alike by
 what is past and what is to come.”

            – Seneca
The Huns appear in history in the 3d cent. B.C
Nomadic and pastoral people who originated in N
central Asia, Gobi Desert
Appeared in Europe in the 4th cent. A.D., and
Built up an empire there.
Organized in a predominantly
     military manner.
Divided into hordes
Undertook extensive independent campaigns, living off
the countries they ravaged.
Huns described as short and somewhat Mongolian
Military superiority due to small, rapid horses
       -on which they practically lived, even eating and
       negotiating treaties on horseback.
Invaded lower Volga Valley c.372--advanced westward
Pushed Germanic Ostrogoths and Visigoths
Precipitated great waves of migrations that destroyed the
Roman Empire…
      …and changed the face of Europe.
They crossed the Danube, penetrated deep into
the Eastern Empire
Forced (432) Emperor Theodosius to pay them
Attila, their greatest king, had his palace in
Most territories that now constitute European
Russia, Poland and Germany were tributary to him
Paid as Roman general in chief.
When Rome refused (450) further tribute, the
Huns invaded Italy and Gaul
Defeated (451) by Aetius, but ravaged Italy
before withdrawing after Attila’s death (453)
Later movements are little known
The word Huns has been used as an epithet,
as for German soldiers = destructive
King of the Huns (445–53).
After 434 he was coruler with his brother, whom he
murdered in 445.
In 434, Attila obtained tribute and great concessions
for the Huns in a treaty with the Eastern Roman
emperor Theodosius II,
But, taking advantage of Roman wars
with the Vandals and Persians, he             invaded
the Balkans in 441.
Turned back & invaded (452) N Italy but abandoned plan to
take Rome itself
Withdrawal, credited to the diplomacy of Pope Leo I
Motivated by shortage of provisions & outbreak of
Soon afterward in Hungary, Attila died of a nasal
hemorrhage suffered while celebrating his marriage
Attila inspired fear and was harsh, but a just ruler to his own
Encouraged presence of learned Romans at his court
Often called the Scourge of God
                           THE GOTHS
• Divided into two sub-groups
   – Visigoths (lived along Danube River)
   – Ostrogoths (lived in southern Russia)
• Developed more advanced form of political
  organization than other Germans
   – United under strong kings
• Established close contact with Eastern
  Roman Empire
   – Exposed to Roman/Greek civilization
   – Reason why they were first tribe to
     convert to Christianity, first to become
     literate, and first to assume a veneer of

                                                 Ostrogoth King
(East Goths), division of the Goths, one of the most
important groups of the Germans
Ancestors of Goths were the Gotar of S. Sweden
By the 3d cent. A.D., Goths settled in region N of
Black Sea
Split into two divisions
Names reflect areas in which they settled
Ostrogoths settle in Ukraine
Visigoths (West Goths) moved further west
Ostrogoths subject to Huns until the death of Attila
Ostrogoths chose Theodora-the-Great as king (471)
Byzantine emperor, Zeno, commissioned Theodora to
reconquer Italy from Odoacer
Ostrogoths entered Italy (488)
Defeated and killed Odoacer (493)
Set up Ostrogoth kingdom of Italy
          -Ravenna as capital
Justinian to send Belisarius to reconquer Italy.
Crushed Ostrogoth kingdom, but
Ostrogoths rebelled under leadership of Totila.
552 Byzantine general Narses defeated Totila, who
fell in battle.
Ostrogoths lost national identity, and the hegemony
over Italy passed to Byzantium, and
Shortly afterward to the Lombards.
In 401 Alaric began attacks on Italy
First halted then successful w) invasion
Visigoths became masters of Italy
Negotiations between Alaric and Emperor
Honorius failed
410 Visigoths sack Rome
Alaric dies soon afterward
•Under Ataulf, Visigoths left (412) Italy and went into S Gaul
and N Spain
•Increased territories in Spain (evacuated by Vandals)
•Extended influence
•Height of Visigothic power reached under Euric (466–84)
•Completed conquest of Spain
•In 507, Alaric II defeated by Franks
•Lost all possessions N of Pyrenees
•Toledo became new Visigoth capital, and
•History of the Visigoths became essentially that of Spain

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