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After LaviniaA Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy$
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John Watkins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707575

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707575.001.0001

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After Rome

After Rome

Interdynastic Marriage during the First Christian Centuries

(p.19) Chapter 1 After Rome
After Lavinia

John Watkins

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on interdynastic marriage during the first Christian centuries, focusing on three texts: Virgil's Aeneid, Jordanes's Getica, and Paul the Deacon's Historia langobardorum. The Aeneid celebrated the union between Aeneas and Lavinia, and thus, between the relatively primitive Latins and the more urbane Trojans. In Getica, the Ostrogothic ethnic historian Jordanes recounts his people's immigration from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean as an increasing assimilation to Roman culture. Getica is about the union between the barbarian Goths and the Byzantines. The chapter concludes with a reading of Historia langobardorum, whose contrast between Rosamund and Theudelinda voiced ambivalence toward the Carolingian conquest of Lombardy and the traumatic marriage diplomacy that seems to have accompanied it.

Keywords:   interdynastic marriage, Virgil, Aeneid, Jordanes, Getica, Paul the Deacon, Historia langobardorum, Aeneas, Lavinia, marriage diplomacy

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