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Theoderic, too, cultivated an image of himself as a barbarian king cut from the same purple cloth as great emperors of the past like Augustus and Trajan. For Cassiodorus, in contrast to the preceding century--which witnessed decades of rivalry between ambitious generals, greedy aristocrats, and generally incompetent emperors, culminating in the deposition of Rome's last emperor and the seizure of power by the barbarian warlord Odovacer--Theoderic's reign was a veritable golden age of peace and posterity of a kind not experienced since the glory days of the early empire.
In large part because of this assessment, modern historians have held a favourable opinion towards the age of Theoderic, treating it as a short interlude of Roman renewal, evoking both nostalgia for a peaceful and prosperous time and regret for the unavoidable fact that it was as fleeting and illusory as an Indian summer. An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page.