Person:Theodoric the Great (1)

Theodoric the Great _____, King of the Ostrogoths
  1. Theodoric the Great _____, King of the Ostrogoths454 - 526
  2. Amalfrida D Ostrogothie457 -
  • HTheodoric the Great _____, King of the Ostrogoths454 - 526
  • WAudofleda _____Abt 452 - 535
m. Abt 493
  1. Amalasuntha _____Abt 495 - 534
  • HTheodoric the Great _____, King of the Ostrogoths454 - 526
  • W.  of Moesia (add)
  1. Ostrogotha _____
  2. Theodosia Lady of The Ostrogoths515 -
  3. Theodogotho of Rome480 -
  • HTheodoric the Great _____, King of the Ostrogoths454 - 526
  1. Theodoriksdatter of the East Franks494 -
Facts and Events
Name Theodoric the Great _____, King of the Ostrogoths
Alt Name Theoderic _____, King of Italy & the Ostrogoths
Alt Name Flavius Theodoricus _____
Gender Male
Birth[1] 454 Pannonia (Roman province)
Marriage Abt 493 to Audofleda _____
Marriage to of Moesia (add)
Marriage to
Death[1] 30 Aug 526 Ravenna, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Reference Number? Q105105?

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Theoderic the Great (454 – 30 August 526), often referred to as Theodoric, was king of the Ostrogoths (475–526), ruler of Italy (493–526), regent of the Visigoths (511–526), and a patrician of the Roman Empire. As ruler of the combined Gothic realms, Theoderic controlled an empire stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Adriatic Sea. He kept good relations between Ostrogoths and Romans, maintained a Roman legal administration and oversaw a flourishing scholarly culture and the largest building program in Italy in 100 years.

Theoderic was born in Pannonia in 454 as the son of king Theodemir, a Germanic Amali nobleman, and his concubine Ereleuva. From 461 to 471, Theoderic grew up as a hostage in Constantinople, received a privileged education under imperial direction, and succeeded his father as leader of the Pannonian Ostrogoths in 473. Settling his people in lower Moesia, Theoderic came into conflict with Thracian Ostrogoths led by Theodoric Strabo, whom he eventually supplanted, uniting the peoples in 484. Emperor Zeno subsequently gave him the title of Patrician, Vir gloriosus, and the office of magister militum (master of the soldiers), and even appointed him as consul. Seeking further gains, Theoderic frequently ravaged the provinces of the Eastern Roman Empire, eventually threatening Constantinople itself. In 488, Emperor Zeno ordered Theoderic to overthrow the Germanic foederatus and King of Italy, Odoacer. After a victorious four-year war, Theoderic killed Odoacer with his own hands while they shared a meal, settled his 200,000 to 250,000 people in Italy, and founded an Ostrogothic Kingdom based in Ravenna. Theoderic extended his hegemony over the Burgundian and Vandal Kingdoms through marriage alliances. In 511, the Visigothic Kingdom was brought under Theoderic's direct control, forming a Gothic empire that extended from the Atlantic Ocean to the Adriatic Sea.

Theoderic's achievements began to unravel in his later years. The Burgundians and Vandals threw off Ostrogothic hegemony by 523, and Theoderic's presumptive heir to both Gothic realms and son-in-law Eutharic died in 522, throwing his succession into doubt. Theoderic's good relations with the Roman Senate deteriorated due to a presumed senatorial conspiracy in 522, and, in 523, Theoderic had the philosopher and court official Boethius and Boethius' father-in-law Symmachus executed on charges of treason related to the alleged plot. Theoderic died in Ravenna on 30 August 526, and was succeeded by his grandson Athalaric, with Theoderic's daughter Amalasuntha serving as regent. The Visigothic Kingdom re-acquired its independence on Theoderic's death.

Seeking to restore the glory of ancient Rome, he ruled Italy in its most peaceful and prosperous period since Valentinian I. Memories of his reign made him a hero of German legends, as Dietrich von Bern.v

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