The Origin of the Goth People

Topics: Goths, Roman Empire, Vandals Pages: 2 (586 words) Published: April 14, 2013
The origin of the gothic people
What is a goth? In the late 20th century a goth was a member of a subculture favouring black clothing, white and black make up and punk rock music with mystical lyrics. In the 18th century the term ‘Gothic’ was used to describe a genre of literature that had elements of horror. In the middle ages it was used to describe a style of architecture characterized by pointed arches, rib vaults, flying buttresses, with large windows and elaborate tracery (in short the Gothic cathedrals looked like fairy tale castles-the happy ones-) But if you want to know the truth, the Goths were originally one of the barbarian horseback riding Groups that were best known for causing trouble wherever they went but especially so at rome. The goth’s were thought to have originally been from germany but no solid proof can substantiate that can claim other than the writings of a very fickle man named Jordanes. Their first known king, King Berig moved his people from Scandinavia to then named vistula somewhere in Poland. They conquered the ulmerugi who were the current people of vistula and the vandals who were their neighbours. In the third century (AD) Five generations after King Berig, his descendant King filimer son of gadaric was forced to move because of overpopulation. They then moved to ancient Greece. Along the way they managed to collapse a bridge by the river Danube and wreck havoc in the Balkan peninsula, Athens, Byzantium and Sparta. When I say wreck havoc I mean they were pillaging and raiding the people of the villages. So the Goths got to ancient Greece and the Greeks decided to call them Scythians. Why? Well because that’s the name they gave to barbarians who lived on their horses and the Goths had a very barbarian way of living. In the fourth century (AD) the Goths conquered a place in Greece and decided to split into two groups. One would be led by the balti dynasty and this group was called the Visigoths(eastern Goths) and the other...
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