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The Goths came down from Scandinavia and
gained momentum as they went.
In the 3rd century AD, the Goths split
into East Goths and
West Goths, or
This map illustrates their path and
where the Goths parted ways.
MIGRATION OF THE GOTHS
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Alaric I was king of the
Visigoths and so was Theodoric I, who was the only one who
managed to defeat
Gaul, Spain, and Africa.
The Goths attacked Asia Minor and Greece. The Persians conquered
Armenia. Their king, Sapor, defeated the Roman emperor
and takes him prisoner.
General distress of the Roman empire.
AD 260, the Goths invaded the Roman
provinces. Emperor Decius was defeated and slain by them.
Fritigern was a commander of the
Visigoths who led his troops to victory at the
Battle of Adrianople in 378, in which Roman Emperor
Valens got killed.
Map of the Battle of Adrianople AD 378
And then there was Alaric, chief
of the Visigoths from 395, and leader of the army that sacked Rome
in August 410, an event that symbolized the fall of the Western
In 412, the Goths marched into Gaul, and in
414 into Spain, which had
been already invaded by hosts of
Britain is formally abandoned by the
Roman emperor of the West,
Major leader of the Ostrogoths was
Theodoric, also called Theodoric
the Great. He was king of his people from 471 to 526. In 493, he
declared himself king of Italy, with headquarters at Ravenna.
Meanwhile in the camp of the Visigoths
Alaric II became king upon his father's death.
Alaric was a man of family tradition, hence
he married Theodegotha, the
daughter of Theodoric the Ostrogoth. Alaric fell in 507 while
Clovis I deep in the eyes at
the Battle of
Leovigild became king of the Visigoths. He fought all his
life until his death in 586, but successfully so. Thanks to Leo, his
people became the dominant factor on the Iberian Peninsula.
And here are more maps:
476 - 493
Europe in the time of Odoacer
Roman Empire 5th Century: Routes of the Barbarian Invaders