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Theodemir Ostrogoths (abt. 0425 - abt. 0474)

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Theodemir (Thiudimir) "King of the Ostrogoths at Pannonia" Ostrogoths aka Amali
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died about in Kyrrhos, Macedoniamap
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This person is named among the "first of these heroes" of the Goths by Jordanes[1] See Space: Ostrogoth Rulers

Birth Year Estimation

Achiuf has a birth year of 273. Adding succeeding generations at 30 year intervals gives the following estimated birth years. These estimates are purely speculative and used only for placing persons in their approximate time frame.

  • Vultwulf, estimated birth 305
  • Valaravans, estimated birth 335
  • Vinitharius, estimated birth 365
  • Vandalarius, estimated birth 395
  • Theodemir, estimated birth 425

Name and Parentage

He was the son of Vandalarius.[2]

Iordanes names "Thiudemer et Valamir et Vidimir" as the sons of Vandilarius. [2]

Marriage and Mistresses

The name of Theodemir's wife is not known. [2]

Theodemir had a mistress, Ereleuva (Erlieva; baptismal name: Eusebia). [2]

468 Reign

He was King of the Ostrogoths in Pannonia, under his brother Valamir. He ruled over the western part of their domain which covered the county of Somogy and northeastern Croatia. [2]

He succeeded his brother in [468/49] as King of all the Pannonian Ostrogoths. [2]

473 Departure from Pannonia

When the Ostrogoths left Pannonia in [473], Theodemir and his contingent went towards Constantinople. They were settled in Macedonia, based in the city of Kyrrhos. [2]

474 Death

He died in Kyrrhos in Macedonia in 474.[2]

GPS For Death Location: 40° 52′ 0″ N, 22° 19′ 0″ E


  1. Amalfrida, born, say, 445, daughter of Theodemir and his wife, was murdered in the period 523-5. [2] Iordanes names "Amalfridam germanam suam [Theoderici]" as the mother of "Theodehadi" and wife of "Africa regi Vandalorum…Thrasamundo". Emperor Zeno used her as ambassador to her half-brother in 487 to thwart his attack on Constantinople. Her second marriage was arranged by her half-brother, Theodoric King of Italy, as part of his efforts to foster the support of the Vandals. Amalafrida's dowry was Lilybæum in western Sicily. After the death of her husband, she unsuccessfully protested his successor's withdrawal of support from her brother, but she was outmanœuvred and killed. She married firstly Hugo before 500. The Widukindi Res Gestæ Saxonicæ names "Huga rex Francorum…unicam filiam Amalbergam" who married "Irminfredo regi Thuringorum", but there is no indication to whom "Huga rex Francorum" could refer. She married secondly, about 500, Thrasamund, King of the Vandals, son of Gento the Vandal or Gelimer the Vandal (before 460-523).
  2. Theodoric, born, say, 450, son of Theodemir and his concubine was born about 451 and died 30 August 526. Iordanes names "Theodericum" as son of Theodemir, in a later passage naming his mother "Erelieva concubina". He was proclaimed Theodoric "the Great" King of Italy in Mar 493 after defeating King Odovacar. [2]
  3. Theodimund, born, say, 452, son of Theodemir and his concubine. The primary source which names him has not yet been identified. He marched westwards to Durazzo with his brother in 479, leading one of the three marching columns. [2]
  4. daughter, born, say, 454, died 479, daughter of Theodemir and his concubine.The primary source which records her existence has not yet been identified. She died about the time her half-brother marched westwards to Durazzo. [2]


  1. Jordanes. Getica Chapter XIV, Paragraph 79. Accessed Oct 8, 2018 jhd
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Charles Cawley. Foundation for Medieval Genealogy. Medieval Lands Database Italy Accessed May 20, 2018 jhd

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