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Looking at the 470-600 period, four primary questions present themselves: 1) Did Roman  civilization fall with the arrival of the Ostrogoths? 2) Why was Theodoric not able to engineer a  lasting political arrangement? 3) Why did Justinian's reconquest prove so ephemeral? 4) What  made the Lombard invasion of Italy so different from previous Barbarian incursions? Regarding  the first matter, while it is true that Rome as a united polity ceased to exist really from the 450s,  it can be argued that Theodoric at least was consciously attempting to establish a Roman  continuity, now under Gothic political control. It was of course, important that he have freedom  of action from Eastern Roman interference; still, he presented himself in earnest only as Zeno's  viceroy, and maintained proper relations with Constantinople. He also restored much of Rome's  urban landscape, recommenced the dole, and continued to nominate senators from the 
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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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