The Balt(h)i dynasty, Baltungs, "Balthings", or "Balth(e)s", existed among the
Visigoths, a Germanic tribewho confronted the Western Roman Empirein its declining years. The Balti took their name from the Gothic word "balþa" (" baltha"; baldor bold) It thus meant "the Bold ones" or "Bold men".
The Balti were considered next in worth among
Gothic fighters, and next in royal dignity, to the Amali. But it was Alaric the Visigoth, a Balth, who led his people to the sacking of Romein 410CE and founded a dynasty that would come to rule much of Roman Gaulfor a century and all of Roman Hispaniafor longer, establishing a kingdom in the latter that would last until early in the eighth century.
The Balti dynasty of Visigothic kings reigned from
395to 531. Edward Gibbonin footnote 4, Chapter 30, of the [http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/g/g43d/chapter30.html "History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"] , adds:
:::"This illustrious race long continued to flourish in France, in the Gothic province of Septimania, or Languedoc; under the corrupted appellation of Boax; and a branch of that family afterwards settled in the kingdom of Naples (Grotius in Prolegom. ad Hist. Gothic. p. 53). The lords of Baux, near Arles, and of seventy-nine subordinate places, were independent of the counts of Provence, (Longuerue, Description de la France, tom. i. p. 357)".
Peter J. Heather: "Cassiodorus and the Rise of the Amals. Genealogy and the Goths under Hun Domination", in: Journal of Roman Studies 79 (1989), S. 103–128.
* Peter J. Heather: "Goths and Romans 332-489", Oxford 1991.
* H. Kuhn/R. Wenskus: "Amaler", in:
Reallexikon der germanischen Altertumskunde, Bd. 1, S. 246–248.* Henry Bradley, "The Goths: from the Earliest Times to the End of the Gothic Dominion in Spain." Second edition, 1883, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, chapter 1.
* [http://www.mittelalter-genealogie.de/_voelkerwanderung/a/amaler.html Materialsammlung]
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