There are three other historians with first hand knowledge of the situation in Ravenna. There is Cassiodorus, who was Theodoric's and then Amalasunth's secretary. His History of the Goths did not survive but many of his letters did and they support much of what Jordanes put in his abbreviated version of the history. Jordanes was writing at the court of Constantinople about fifteen years after Cassiodorus left Ravenna and moved to Constantinople. Jordanes had contact with people who had first hand knowledge of the events in Ravenna, especially since Amalasuntha's daughter Mathesuntha had moved to Constantinople with her husband Germanus, nephew of the emperor, Justinian.
The last historian was Procopius, who was the legal adviser to Justinian's general Belisarius, the man who was sent to Ravenna to punish Theodat. It is not known if Procopius accompanied Belisarius on this campaign but he had accompanied him on others so it is possible that he was there also.
Gregory was born about five years after Amalasuntha died and he was a Frank not a Goth. The Ostrogoths were Arians, on the wrong side of the Trinity debate to Gregory, but still Gregory does not give such an unflattering and erroneous portrait of other Ostrogoths. There is no doubt that he is wrong. Amalasuntha not only married a prince like her parents wanted her to but she had children, which Gregory denies. She is also the niece of Clovis, whom Gregory approved of . It is so strange.
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