By David Punter
The completely elevated and up to date New significant other to the Gothic, provides a chain of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its heritage and family tree. The addition of 12 new essays and a bit on ‘Global Gothic’ displays the course Gothic feedback has taken during the last decade.
- Many of the unique essays were revised to mirror present debates
- Offers entire insurance of feedback of the Gothic and of many of the theoretical methods it has encouraged and spawned
- Features very important and unique essays via top students within the field
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There he fell upon the unsuspecting Goths in battle, to the ruin of all Italy and his own disgrace” (Mierow, 1915, 154). He takes obvious pride in Gothic identity (even if much of that identity is factitious): “Nor did they lack teachers of wisdom. Wherefore the Goths have ever been wiser than other barbarians and were nearly like the Greeks . . ” (40). This Goth is sensitive to the imputation of ignorance. When using the language of the Romans he is prepared to call himself a barbarian, but he clearly discriminated among barbarians.
The dark ages that succeeded the fall of Rome may be called dark principally because not much is known about them, and in the Renaissance less was known than now. The historians that form the basis of Gibbon’s monumental work and are cited in his notes are, for the most part, late, fragmented, and obscure, and their recovery in the Renaissance was also late, partial, and poorly disseminated. It is this lack of proper historical knowledge among Renaissance Italians about their own past that is responsible for the mistaken impression given by Giorgio Vasari (1511–74), the great art critic and former pupil of Michelangelo, in his Lives of the Artists (1550), when he associated the architecture of the post-Roman and pre-Renaissance period slightingly with the Goths.
On the other hand, neither was his reign one of barbaric destruction: “The Gothic kings, so injuriously accused of the ruin of antiquity, were anxious to preserve the monuments of the nation whom they had subdued” (II, 543). The Gothic king surrounded himself with the best of the Latins: “The ministers of Theodoric, Cassiodorus and Boethius, have reﬂected on his reign the lustre of their genius and learning” (II, 541–2). His reputation as the best of Goths is tarnished only by his imprisonment in the twilight The Goths in History and Pre-Gothic Gothic 31 of his reign on a charge of treason of his counsellor Boethius, “the last of the Romans whom Cato or Tully could have acknowledged for their countrymen” (II, 550), whose Consolation of Philosophy was written while he awaited execution.