A Book for the King. Some Reflections on the Situation of the Roman Population and the Preservation of the Heritage of Ancient Civilization in Gallaecia and Lusitania in the 5th and 6th Centuries

Marek Wilczyński

Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. KEN, Kraków , Poland

Abstract

Saint Martin of Braga, active in Gallaecia in the second half of the 6th century, referred to cardinal virtues in several of his writings, in accordance with the teachings of Seneca that he knew well. One of these works was Formula vitae honestae, given to Miro, king of Suebi and Gallaecia. The existence of Roman and “barbarian” elites in the kingdom of Suebi, capable of understanding the moral teachings of St. Martin of Braga in the 6th century, prompts reflection on the continuity of Roman culture and heritage of ancient civilisation in 160 years after the invasion of Hispania by Germanic tribes. The article contains some remarks on the preservation of Roman civilisation among the Roman elites in the times of the existence and development of the kingdom of Suebi , and on the processes of romanization of the tribal elites. The problem of the assimilation of the local population and Germanic newcomers, which was very interesting and specific to Gallaecia under the reign of Suebi, was also discussed.

Keywords:

cardinal virtues , kingdom of Suebiw, Saint Martin of Braga, cultura romana, cultura christiana

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Wilczyński, M. (2022). A Book for the King. Some Reflections on the Situation of the Roman Population and the Preservation of the Heritage of Ancient Civilization in Gallaecia and Lusitania in the 5th and 6th Centuries. Vox Patrum, 84, 51–78. https://doi.org/10.31743/vp.14016

Marek Wilczyński  wilczynski.m@wp.pl
Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. KEN, Kraków https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0792-9395



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