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Walter Andre Goffart (b. February 22, 1934-) is a historian of the later Roman Empire and the early Middle Ages who specializes in research on the barbarian kingdoms of those periods. He is a senior research scholar and lecturer at Yale Universitymarker.

He is a 1955 graduate of Harvard Universitymarker, where he also received his doctorate in 1961. He was awarded the Haskins Medal in 1991. He taught history at the University of Torontomarker from 1960 to 1999 and joined the history faculty of Yale in 2000.

Alexander C. Murray edited a Festschrift for Goffart called After Rome's Fall: Narrators and Sources of Early Medieval History (1999).

Selected bibliography

  • The Fredegar Problem reconsidered", in: Speculum. A Journal of Medieval Studies 38:2 (1963), pp. 206-241.
  • The Le Mans Forgeries (1966)
  • Caput and Colonate (1974)
  • Barbarians and Romans, A.D. 418-584: The Techniques of Accommodation (1980)
  • Hetware and Hugas: Datable Anachronisms i Beowulf in "The Dating of Beowulf", ed. Colin Chase (1981).
  • Rome, Constantinople, and the Barbarian, in: American Historical Review 86:2 (1981), pp. 275-306.
  • Foreigners in the 'Histories' of Gregory of Tour, in: Florilegium 4 (1982), pp. 80-99.
  • The Narrators of Barbarian History (A.D. 550-800): Jordanes, Gregory of Tours, Bede, and Paul the Deacon (1988)
  • Rome's Fall and After (1989)
  • The Theme of 'The Barbarian Invasions' in Late Antique and Modern Historiography, in: W. Goffart (ed.), Rome's Fall and After, London 1989, pp. 111-132.
  • Conspicuous by absence: heroism in the early Frankish era (6th-7th cent.), in: Teresa PĂ roli (ed.), La Funzione dell'eroe germanico: StoricitĂ , metafora, paradigma. Atti del Convegno internazionale di studio Roma, 6-8 maggio 1993 (Philologia: Saggi - richerche - edizioni 2), Rom 1995, pp. 41-56.
  • The barbarians in late antiquity and how they were accommodated in the West, in: B. H. Rosenwein and L. K. Little (ed.), Debating the Middle Ages. Issues and readings, Malden, Mass. 1998, pp. 25-44.
  • Conspicuously absent: Martial Heroism in the Histories of Gregory of Tours and its likes, in: K. Mitchell and I. N. Wood (ed.), The World of Gregory of Tours, vol. v. 8 (Cultures, Beliefs, and Traditions 8), Leiden 2002, pp. 365-393.
  • The narrators of barbarian history (A.D. 550-800). Jordanes, Gregory of Tours, Bede, and Paul the Deacon, Notre Dame 2 2005.
  • Barbarian Tides: the Migration Age and the Later Roman Empire (2006)
  • Rome's Final Conquest: The Barbarians, in: History Compass 6:3 (2008), pp. 855-883.


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