Theodahad

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Coin of Theodahad.
Another coin of Theodahad (534–536), minted in Rome. He wears the barbaric moustache.

Theodahad (born c. 480 in Tauresium[1] – died 536) was the King of the Ostrogoths from 534 to 536 and a nephew of Theodoric the Great through his sister Amalafrida.[2]

He might have arrived in Italy with Theodoric and was an elderly man at the time of his succession. Massimilliano Vitiello states the name "Theodahad" is a compound of 'people' and 'conflict'.[3]

He arrested Amalaswintha, queen of the Ostrogoths from 526 to 534, and imprisoned her on an island in Lake Bolsena.[4]

Witiges ordered him killed, and succeeded him as king.

Theodahad had at least two children with a woman named Gudeliva: Theodegisclus and Theodenantha.

In fiction[edit]

Thiudehad appears as a character in the time travel novel Lest Darkness Fall, by L. Sprague de Camp.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolfgang Kuhoff (1996). "Theodahadus, Flavius, König der Ostgoten 534-536". In Bautz, Traugott. Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German) 11. Herzberg: Bautz. cols. 824–832. ISBN 3-88309-064-6. 
  2. ^ Jordanes names Amalfridam germanam suam [Theoderici] as the mother of Theodehadi qui postea rex fuit
  3. ^ Massimiliano Vitiello, Theodahad, A Platonic King at the Collapse of Ostrogothic Italy, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. p. 15,
  4. ^ Jordanes, LIX, p. 51, and Herwig Wolfram (1998), p. 338

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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Athalaric
King of the Ostrogoths
534–536
Succeeded by
Witiges