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The vandals in north Africa: an analysis of Victor of Vita's literary work

Grant number: 12/09138-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2013
Effective date (End): November 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Ancient and Medieval History
Principal researcher:Norberto Luiz Guarinello
Grantee:Eduardo Polidori Villa Nova de Oliveira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This proposal for research we are presenting aims to analyse Victor of Vita's Historia Persecutionis Africanae Provinciae as a discourse built on social, political and religious values that directly influenced the author's narrative about the persecution of nicene christians in both Gaiseric and Huneric reigns in North Africa. Our study purpose intends to comprehend the methods used by the author to describe the episodes he is concerned about along with rhetorical constructions, spatial and temporal perceptions, his own intellectual presuppositions and other peculiarities. The historiographical debate in which Historia Persecutionis lies doesn't matter in just knowing something about the vandals and their history, neither how the barbarian invaders destroyed the Roman Empire. Historia Persecutionis have been largely appropriated as a clear and unquestionable evidence of the "natural" antagonism between civilized romans and brutal barbarians. Lastly, our purpose indirectly touches the usage of historical sources on the construction of modern political discourses.