Vol. 51 (2015)

The Lombars' Move into Italy

Published July 8, 2020


Pósán, L. (2020). The Lombars’ Move into Italy. Acta Classica Universitatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis, 51, 135–144. Retrieved from https://ojs.lib.unideb.hu/classica/article/view/7848

The present study disputes stereotypes in historical scholarship related to the Lombards’ move into Italy and takes a position contrary to those common views. It calls into question the idea that the Lombards entered Italy as ruthless conquerors and holds the view that they moved into Italy from Pannonia not unlike the foederati in the late Roman Empire on the basis of an agreement concluded with the Romans. The author disputes the idea that King Alboin set out on this journey together with all his people in a single move in the spring of 568, and maintains on the grounds of various logistical considerations that the Lombards migrated to Italy in a number of groupings (so-called farae) stretched over a longer period of time and along diverse routes.