The assumption that Totila intended to give the lands of a group of Roman senators to the Lucanian peasants is unfounded, because it rests on an erroneous interpretation of Procop. Goth. 3.22.20. In this passage, the senators are said to have ordered (on behalf of Totila) their tenants not to fight against the Ostrogoths, but to till the land instead. In so doing, they would receive τἀγαθὰ of their landlords, a word that here means ‘blessings’, not ‘fields’ or ‘revenues’, as is usually believed.
|Titolo:||Totila and the Lucanian Peasants: Procop. Goth. 3.22.20|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore L-ANT/03 - Storia Romana|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|