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Old February 7th, 2012, 12:55 AM   #1

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Visigoths and Ostrogoths

Could someone explain how, why and when the Goths split up and became two seperate peoples/kingdoms known as the Visigoths and Ostrogoths?

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There is no fix date when the Goth split into Ostrogothi and Visigothi. The terms itself are from different times or at least reported in different times. The first time the term Tervingi appeared in the sources was 291, those of the Vesi in 391/ for the years 388/91. The greutungi name appeared 369 and those of the ostrogothi in 399.
The reasons are more geographically. While the tervingi lived in more wooden regions, the Greutungi populated more the Steppe zones.
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I've read somewhere that it was due to the Huns, who ''indirectly'' formed the two groups because some ''Goths'' went along with the Hunnic confederation while others tried to escape. It is said in Peter Heather's ''The Goths''.
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