Chapter 4. Identity and Ethnicity in the Vandal Kingdom

  1. Andy Merrills and
  2. Richard Miles

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch4

The Vandals

The Vandals

How to Cite

Merrills, A. and Miles, R. (2010) Identity and Ethnicity in the Vandal Kingdom, in The Vandals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 FEB 2010

Book Series:

  1. The Peoples of Europe

Book Series Editors:

  1. James Campbell and
  2. Barry Cunliffe

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160681

Online ISBN: 9781444318074



  • identity and ethnicity in vandal kingdom;
  • Latin funerary epitaph - typical of North African practice;
  • identity and ethnicity within the Vandal kingdom;
  • ‘Vandal’ within North African kingdom;
  • Arifridos' church - Christian church in Temple of Ceres, Thuburbo Maius;
  • being ‘Roman’ in Roman North Africa;
  • distinct ‘Vandal’ identity developing;
  • ‘Vandal’ ethnicity - importance to Hasding Carthage inhabitants;
  • Vandals and Romans - factors distinguishing newcomers from Romano-African neighbours;
  • Vandals, Alans and Sueves


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ethnicity and Identity in Late Antiquity

  • Being ‘Roman’ in Roman North Africa

  • Vandal Ethnicity within North Africa

  • Vandals and Romans

  • Vandals, Alans and Sueves

  • Vandals and Romans: Case Studies

  • ‘Men and Women in Barbarian Clothes’

  • Women, Children and Barbarians