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Appearing in eastern Europe gradually over the first three centuries of the Common Era, the Goths were a politically disunited agglomeration of tribal groups with a common ethnicity based, in part, on their shared East Germanic language called Gothic. They raided the Roman Empire in the 3rd century CE. A century later many Goths had converted to an “Arian” (or homoi…

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Swain, Brian, “Goths”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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