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Given this, why did Theodoric's plan fail? Part of it is due to the fact that the idea was not  thoroughgoing  synthesis  as such, where both elements undergo something of a metamorphosis.  In key spheres necessary for melding, Goths and Romans were kept separate. Religion and law  were essential here. Western Romans simply would not regard Arian Christians as being of the  same confessional group as they were. And, as the Ostrogothic leaders felt pressured from  Orthodox Constantinople or newly Catholic Franks, it was too easy for them to perceive a need to  restrict Catholic expression in Italy. As regards law, Threodoric was simply unable to convince  his Goths to submit to indigenous Roman courts, procedure, or legal principles. As was the case  in their attitude to Ariansim, for the Germans, giving up the  wergild  and ordeal system was  analogous to surrendering national identity. What evolved then was 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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