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Visigoths
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[German version]

Gothic tribe, at the turn of the 4th/5th cents. AD arisen from the remains of the Tervingi, also known as the Vesi (the 'Good/Noble Ones'), who had settled Thracia and Moesia (Moesi) in the 4th cent. (Cassiodorus coined the pair of geographical opposites Ostrogothi-Vesegothi/Visigothi/Visigothae, understood as 'Eastern and Western Goths' in the 6th cent.). The term Vesi is also found referring to the V. in Sidonius Apollinaris.

The Romans' Gothic foederati in the Balkans had proclaimed Alaric I (Alaricus [2]) their king in AD 391. Although their army suffer…

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Schwarcz, Andreas (Vienna), “Visigoths”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12210620>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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