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Definition: Germanic tribes that invaded, became part of, then ended the Western Roman Empire. The term "Goth" also included the Visigoths and Ostrogoths. Alaric the Visigoth sacked Rome in the 5th century. Some historians have speculated that the Goths were driven into the Empire by the Huns, who invaded the Gothic homeland from the east. However, the story of the Goths is not only of invasion. For many years, Goths served as mercenaries in the Roman army.

Related Resources:
Ancient Rome
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Elsewhere on the Web:
The Goths Entry and Wanderings in the Roman Empire
Find out why they came and why they stayed.

The Goths (the short version)
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