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The Visigoths and Ostrogoths were originally Goths, a Germanic tribe who lived in what is now Scandinavia. In the third century A.D. the Goths invaded the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire, and during the fourth century they broke into two groups. Those living north of the present-day Danube River became known as the Visigoths; those living farther east, in present-day Ukraine, were called the Ostrogoths. When the Huns from Central Asia attacked the Visigoths and Ostrogoths, many of the Visigoths escaped into an eastern Roman province. Rebelling against the Roman rulers, the Visigoths destroyed the Roman army at a battle in Adrianople (in present-day Turkey) and killed Valens (328?-378), the emperor of the eastern Roman Empire. Under their leader, Alaric I (c. 370-340), the Visigoths moved into Italy. In 410 they attacked Rome, the seat of the Roman Empire, stealing treasure, burning buildings, and killing the inhabitants. (The attack left Rome vulnerable to other Germanic tribes, who invaded the Roman Empire and brought about its downfall around 476.) After sacking Rome, the Visigoths traveled westward into Gaul, where they created a kingdom that included most of France and Spain. In 507 the Franks drove out the Visigoths, who escaped to the Iberian Peninsula (present-day Spain and Portugal) and set up their kingdom with Toledo as its capital. In 711 Muslims from northern Africa, conquered the Visigoths and ruled most of the peninsula until the mid-1400s.

In 375 the Huns conquered the Ostrogoths. After the Huns' leader Attila died in 453, the Ostrogoths revolted against their conquerors. In 493, under their ruler Theodoric (455-526), the Ostrogoths established the Ostrogothic kingdom of Italy, only to be overcome by armies of the Byzantine Empire a century later. Eventually, the Ostrogoths became part of the populations of Europe.

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The Huns, Visigoths and Vandals were barbaric tribes that either settled within ancient Roman empire boundaries and/ or fought against Rome starting from the first century AD and onwards. These Tribes were not the only intruders upon ancient Rome. Saxons and Angles in Britain, and Franks and Ostrogoth's were among other tribes that Rome encountered in the years leading to the eventual demise of Rome's power in the West.

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Where did the visigoths settle?

The Visigoths are an Eastern Germanic tribe meaning they come from East Germany. The Visigoths, Ostrogoths, and Gepids originated in Scandinavia, and they migrated to Germany later. Visigoth means "Western Goth," and Ostrogoth means "Eastern Goth." Gepid means "slow."

How did the visigoths and ostrogoths travel?

As Germanic tribes which contributed dramatically to the decline and fall of Western Rome in Late Antiquity, the Visigoths and Ostrogoths traveled great distances from their original East European homelands to their new homes (gained at the expense of Rome) in Western Europe. Horses were utilized in their travels, as well as in battle, but it is likely that these tribes, like so many other 'barbarians,' utilized their feet, mules and oxen and other transport-animals, and also carts or other wagon-like vehicles during their migratory movements.

Who are the visigoth?

The Visigoths were the western branch of the Goths. The Goths were original from Sweden and migrated through eastern Europe all the way to Ukraine. When the Huns invaded their land, some of the Goths asked the Roman emperor to allow them to settle in the lower Danube area of the Roman Empire to escape the Huns. This was granted. The rest of the Goths were conquered by the Huns and became their vassals. The Goths in the Roman Empire then came to be called Visigoths (Goths of the west) because at that point they lived further west than the other Goths. The other Goths came to be called Ostrogoths (Goths of the east).

What religion do the visigoths practice?

Arian Christianity

What did the visigoths wear?

the Visigoth's wore animal fur.

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Who would win the visigoths or the ostrogoths?

well there was only 1 grop of gots but they separated 1 group was in France called the visigoths and the othere well..kept on travvelin the visigoths got beat by attila the hun and other armies the surviving visigoths went to the Romans for help but unfortunatly they were betrayed and made slaves or were killled the ostrogoths got weaker and weaker and were eventually killed by the itallians.but the question is which would win i think the visigothhs wd hve more experience i would get into detaikls of both armies but i cant be bothered so short story is i think the ostrogoths would win

What were two barbarian tribes that attack Rome?

If you are referring to the city of Rome, as opposed to the Roman Empire, three Germanic peopled sacked Rome. The Visigoths in 410, the Vandals in 455 and the Ostrogoths in 546.

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