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.

He arrested Amalaswintha, queen of the Ostrogoths from 526 to 534, and imprisoned her on an island in Lake Bolsena.[3]

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. ^ 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