And now we have recited the origin of the Goths, the noble line of the Amali
and the deeds of brave men. This glorious race yielded to a more glorious prince
and surrendered to a more valiant leader, whose fame shall be silenced by no ages
or cycles of years; for the victorious and triumphant Emperor Justinian and his
consul Belisarius shall be named and known as Vandalicus, Africanus and Geticus.
Thou who readest this, know that I have followed the writings of my ancestors,
and have culled a few flowers from their broad meadows to weave a chaplet for
him who cares to know these things. Let no one believe that to the advantage of
the race of which I have spoken--though indeed I trace my own descent from it--I
have added aught besides what I have read or learned by inquiry. Even thus I have
not included all that is written or told about them, nor spoken so much to their
praise as to the glory of him who conquered them.
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