The Ostrogoths or "bright" Goths were the branch of the Goths that were subjected to the
Hun army. Upon the withdrawal of the Huns from Europe, the Ostrogoths existed as a
powerful Germanic tribe. In 489AD, Theodoric became King of the Ostrogoths. By 493AD, the
Ostrogoths had become the sole Barbarian rulers of Italy. Theodoric had an enlightened
reign that returned order to Italy, a reign that has been called by some the first
Renaissance. National disorder returned once again upon Theodoric's death in 526AD.
Finally in 541AD, the Eastern Roman Empire invaded Italy engaging the Ostrogoths
for twenty years. The Ostrogoths eventually were defeated in 563AD.
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