The Visigoths were a
division of the Goths, one of the most important groups of Germans.
Having settled in the region West of the Black Sea in the 3d cent.
A.D., the Goths soon split into two divisions, the Ostrogoths and
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Aug 9, In the Battle of Adrianople the Visigoth
Calvary defeated Roman Army.
402 Apr 6, Battle at Pollentia:
Roman army under Stilicho beat the Visigoths.
410 Aug 18, King Alaric I's
Visigoths occupied and plundered Rome. [see Aug 24]
(PC, 1992, p.50)
410 Aug 24, Rome was overrun by
the Visigoths, an event that symbolized the fall of the Western
Roman Empire. German barbarians sacked Rome [see Aug 18].
(V.D.-H.K.p.87)(AP, 8/24/97)(HN, 8/24/98)
451 Jun 20, Roman and Barbarian
warriors halted Attila’s army at the Catalaunian Plains
(Catalarinische Fields) in eastern France. Attila the Hun was
defeated by a combined Roman and Visigoth army. The Huns moved south
into Italy but were defeated again.
587 Recared, Leovigild's heir,
was converted to Catholicism and removed the barriers between Goths
and the Hispano-Romans.
633 In Spain the 4th Synod of
Toledo took on the right to confirm elected kings. Jews were obliged
to be baptized. The vernacular language, of Latin origin, prevailed
over that of the Visigoths.
711 Jul 19, The Muslim troops
crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and defeated the Visigoth king
Rodrigo at the battle of Guadalete. Berbers under Tarik-ibn Ziyad
occupied Northern Spain. The Umayyads with the help of the Berbers
in North Africa moved across the Strait of Gibraltar and began the
conquest of Spain and Portugal. The word Gibraltar comes from the
term Jabal-al-Tarik, which means the hill of Tarik. Gebel-al-Tarik
means "Rock of Tarik."
(ATC, p.79)(SFEC, 9/29/96, Z1
712 Muza ben-Nosair completed
the Muslim conquest. End of Visigothic period.
Subject = Visigoths
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