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Knivida, Prince of the West Goths

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Knivida, Prince of the West Goths

Dutch: Knivida, Vorst Van de Westgoten
Also Known As: "Cniva", "Therving", "Knivida", "Prince of the Visigoths", "Cniva dos Godos", "Prince of the West Goths"
Death: 249
Immediate Family:

Son of Filimer, King of the Baltic Goths and N.N.
Husband of N.N.
Father of Argaith, King of the Vandals; Respa of the Goths; Veduca of the Goths and Ovida, King of the Goths
Brother of Filogud, King of the Goths

Occupation: King of the Visi-Goths (Tervingi) 218-249, vorst der Westgoten
Managed by: Väino Jõud
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About Knivida, Prince of the West Goths

Herwig Wolfram, History of the Goths (1990), 45. The Cambridge Ancient History: Volume 12, The Crisis of Empire, AD 193-337, edited by Alan Bowman, Peter Garnsey, Averil Camero (2005), 225-26. (bad source)

Source: Jordanes



translated by Charles C. Mierow

  • 111) Now it had long been a hard matter for the Roman army to fight against any nations whatsoever without them. This is evident from the way in which the Goths were so frequently called upon. Thus they were summoned by Constantine to bear arms against his kinsman Licinius. Later, when he was vanquished and shut up in Thessalonica and deprived of his power, they slew him with the sword of Constantine the victor. (112) In like manner it was the aid of the Goths that enabled him to build the famous city that is named after him, the rival of Rome, inasmuch as they entered into a truce with the Emperor and furnished him forty thousand men to aid him against various peoples. This body of men, namely, the Allies, and the service they rendered in war are still spoken of in the land to this day. Now at that time they prospered under the rule of their kings Ariaric and Aoric. Upon their death Geberich appeared as successor to the throne, a man renowned for his valor and noble birth.
  • XXII (113) For he was the son of Hilderith, who was the son of Ovida, who was the son of Nidada; and by his illustrious deeds he equalled the glory of his race.