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The Goths were Germanic people who probably migratedfrom Southern Scandinavia some time before the time ofChrist By the third century the Goths had settled in theareas around the Black Sea Those who settled in the areaof the modern Ukraine came to be known as Ostrogoths TheGoths were divided into Ostrogoths and Visigoths The nameOstrogoths means the Eastern Goths The Ostrogothsdeveloped a huge empire north of the Black Sea These Gothscaused a lot of trouble during the third century The Ostrogoths invasions helped them move farther intothe Roman Empire They invaded such people as theBurgundians on the Main River the Saxons on the Weser theLombards in Silesia and other tribes By the end of thethird century there wasnt much difference betweenWhen the Huns came into Europe about 370 AD many ofthe Ostrogoths were conquered and made to help theirconquerors They joined Atilla the Hun in his battleagainst Gaul in 451 and many of them were killed by theVisigoths at the Battle of Chalons The Ostrogoths remainedunder the Hunnic Empires rule for eighty years until itsdissolution in 454 The Ostrogoths finally fought back andThe Ostrogoths became Roman allies Their new leader was Theodoric Theodoric was sent to Italy in 488 to attackOdoacer a German usurper in 489 The Eastern EmperorZeno helped Theodoric with this invasion As a rewardTheodoric moved the Ostrogoths west took over the throneand became king He started his reign in 493 Theodoricremained king for a full generation and because he was socapable and prosperous he was sometimes called Theodoricthe Great He reigned from 493 to 526 AD He died in 526 and the disruption in Italy became so bad that in 535 the peninsula The Byzantines broke Gothic power in 555 andfilled the throne with the Byzantine Governors Theremaining Ostrogoths dispersed into other tribes after theProving himself an able leader both Politically andmilitary Theodoric rose to become the leader of hispeople He led them out of the unpromising lands in whichthey had settled and
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