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The Visigoths in the Time of Ulfila by E.A. Thompson

The Visigoths in the Time of Ulfila


The Visigoths in the Time of Ulfila by E.A. Thompson

Ulfila was a fourth-century Christian bishop and missionary who first brought Christianity to the Goths. He is credited with having created the Gothic alphabet, and he wrote the earliest translation of the Bible into a Germanic language. In this classic and still valuable short study of early Christianity among the Goths, E.A. Thompson first described the background to the Visigoths' conversion from paganism, discussing their material culture, relations with the Roman Empire, social organization and religion. He went on to detail the conversion and its aftermath and to assess Ulfila's achievement in the earliest history of Christianity among the Germanic people. This second edition includes a new Foreword with additional bibliography by Michael Kulikowski, University of Tenessee, and an additional Appendix: 'The Life of St Saba', translated and annotated by John Matthews, Yale University.


The Visigoths in the Time of Ulfila remains one of the best books ever written on the history of any barbarian group of the Roman era. The present edition will allow a new generation of readers to discover as much for themselves

Michael Kulikowski

About the Author

E.A. Thompson was the author of, among other works, 'The Early Germans' (1965), 'The Goths in Spain' (1969), 'Romans and Barbarians' (1982) and 'Saint Germanus of Auxerre and the End of Roman Britain' (1984).

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Publication date

27th November 2008


E.A. Thompson

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Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Duckworth Overlook


208 pages


European history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE



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