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Commentary Three: Once More Unto Saint-Brice

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In this paper, the author repeats the old association of the style of metalwork with the Danubian realms of the Goths and Huns. The author feels that the most important area where his earlier paper needs to be corrected concerns the 'gold and garnet' or polychrome style of metalwork associated with the 'Flonheim-Gültlingen Horizon' of late fifth-century burials. It now seems clear that this metalwork is of Mediterranean- and therefore Roman-origin. There is another issue at stake: the rise in the importance of heredity in claiming political power. The leadership of political and military factions in the regions of the Empire came to be expected to be hereditary, so the ability of the government in the centre to project its authority over the diverse provinces must have been seriously compromised. It is fairest to let reader decide which interpretation represents the more sophisticated reading of the documentary and excavated material.

Keywords: burial; empire; Gregory; metalwork; power; Roman; Saint-Brice



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