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Goths Ancient Germanic people, groups of whom settled near the Black Sea in the 2nd–3rd centuries ad. In 376 the Huns drove the Visigoths westwards into Roman territory and the Visigoths, led by Alaric I, sacked Rome in 410. They settled in sw France, but the Franks expelled them in the early 6th century, and they migrated in Spain. Some groups united to create the Ostrogoths, who conquered Italy under Theodoric the Great (489). They held Italy until conquered by the Byzantines under Belisarius and Narses (536–53).

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Goths: see Ostrogoths; Visigoths.

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