From 493 to the 520s

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From 493 to the 520s, Theodoric made his rule popular and administrated Italy better than any  predecessor back to the 410s. Though Arian, he respected the Catholic Church, which was  currently in a sate of schism with Constantinople over doctrine. His military force was equal to  all challenges of the day, and through marriage alliances with Vandals, Visigoths, and even  Franks, he was able to fend off territorial challenges. He also sponsored building and restoration  projects in Rome, Ravenna, and elsewhere, even reestablishing the grain and wine dole for the  urban masses, after having turned Sicily into the grain producing area given the Vandals' control  over North Africa. Theodoric also attracted capable Roman aristocrats as administrators,  including Cassiodorus, Boethius, and Symmachus, who were invested with proper Roman titles  (and offices of) Patrician, Consul, and Master of Offices, the chief civil administrative offices in  Roman parlance. Basically, the division of labor, in Theodoric's mind was Goths as military and  Italians as civil, so that a Germano- Roman harmony could continue.
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