Ostrogoths (himself a Rugian), sent a certain Caballarius as envoy to Constantinople, having chosen him „among his most intimate and loyal friends“ (Procopius Bell.Goth. Ill 2,16). According to Tjader and Lazard there is a possibility that a certain Latinus, vir honestus, witness in a document of 539, might be an Ostrogoth with a Latin name, but in my opinion the evidence is uncertain.v It is quite probable that Petrus and Paulus, two Arian priests mentioned in the bilingual papyrus of 551, were Goths with Latin religious names.9 11 12’ Further, there is in 514 a Gothic comes called Petia (ace. Petiam, in Cont. Havniens. I, 331): a name of Greek origin, like Pitza, Pitzia, and probably Pitione. Both Pitza and Pitzia are recent variant renderings, with -tz-, -tzi-, and the -ti- of Petia, of forms corresponding to the classical Greek spelling -0i-.u The name Pitione belongs to this group too.1- Finally, the difficult name Piss a could be probably explained as another form of the same Greek name Pitzia, equally treated like a Gothic hypocoristic.13 A saio with the Alan name of Candacis is mentioned by Cassiodorus (Variae I 37, years 507-511 ).14 He could have been an Alan associated to the Ostrogoths or a Goth with an Alanic name; such a case would not be isolated, as there was at the end of the 5th century a Goth belonging to the Amal clan, called Gunthigis Baza, whose second name was Alanic (Jordanes Get. 51). 9 Tjader P30, I, 1955, p. 56, 260-61; Lazard 2002, p. 1208. The assumption is based on the reading lec Latinus vh, interpreted as Goth, ik ,ego, I, Latinus v(ir) h(onestus)’ with a unique Gothic pronoun included in the Latin text. But the two letters of [l]cc are not clear at all (see picture in Tjader 1954), besides the fact that the name does not belong to a list of signatures beginning with Ego... The older edition (Marini 1805) read cl (=Claudius). 10 Tjader P34; Lazard 2002, p. 1211, n. 26. 11 nii^ac;; was a Goth who surrendered to Belisarius in Samnium in 536 {Procopius Bell.Goth. I, 15). Pitzia, -ae was the famous comes and general that fought against the Gepids at Sirmio on the Danube in 504-514 (Ermodius Paneg. XII; Cassiodorus Variae v29); he is also referred to as Petza nom., Pitzamum ace. in Jordanes Get. 58. All these are related to the Greek name FluOiag, and assimilated to Gothic masculine hypocoristics ending in ~a (cp. Goth. Gevica, Sibia, etc.). 12 Pitione (abl., papyrus of about 600 AD, Marini no. 124) was a vir honestus married to Petronia. In this case the name has been strongly romanised and inflected according to the Latin pattern in -o, -onis (Pition- < *Pitzian-). Such a high degree of Latinisation can easily be due its late date. 13 fUaaav (acc., Procopius Bell.Goth. 116) was a Commander in Perugia under king Vitiges in 537; his name could also be compared to the Lombard Pissa, in turn of obscure origin, recorded in the Historia Langobardorum Codicis Gothani (early ninth Century). 14 Amory 1997, p, 368. 47