The Weakness of the Venethi and the Srength of the Anti : on the Question of the Epic Image of the Early Slavs Cover Image
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Венедская слабость и антская сила: К вопросу об эпическом образе ранних славян
The Weakness of the Venethi and the Srength of the Anti : on the Question of the Epic Image of the Early Slavs

Author(s): Petr V. Shuvalov
Subject(s): History, Middle Ages, 6th to 12th Centuries
Published by: Издательский дом Stratum, Университет «Высшая антропологическая школа»

Summary/Abstract: According to Iordanus’ (i.e. Cassiodorus’) Getica the Venethi are very numerous, but very unwarlike, the Anti are very heroic and strong. The message of these phrases in Iordanus’ text is based on the epic Gothic sources. I think these ideas of heroic Anti and unwarlike Venethi are the traces of some mythological or, better to say, epic ‘topoi’ of the Gothic tradition. It is very intresting to add there that the image of unwarlike and numerous Venethi is twice accompanied in the text of Getica by mentionings of the Ocean, the Huns and the Aestians. These images of the Venethi and the Anti existed in the Gothic culture at the end of 5th – early 6th centuries too. May be the Gothic mercenaries and generals of Gothic origin in the East-Roman army knew about this tradition. Therefore the Gothic epic image of Venethi should influence over the lack of real interest of Justinian to save big armies against the Sklavenoi on the Eastern Balkans at the time of Gothic War. The image of heroic Anti should help Constantinople to elaborate the treaty with Anti.

  • Issue Year: 2000
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 141-144
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Russian