The Great Migration

The influence of the migrations of the "barbarians" of Northern Europe and Asia on the collapse of the Western Roman Empire

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Crisis of the Third Century


The Gallic (Roman) Empire


The Palmyrene (Roman) Empire


Thervingi (Goths) Enter Roman Territory in Dacia

Battle of Naissus

Large numbers of Goths enter Roman territory

Rule of Aurelian


Emperor Aurelian Abandons Dacia

Gallic and Palmyrene Empires restored to Roman control by Aurelian

Diocletian (August of the East) and Maximian (August of the West)


First mention in Roman literature about different tribes of Goths

First Gothic War


Emperor Valens attacks the Thervingi north of the Danube River.

Huns begin to move into Europe from Asia

Second Gothic War


Under treaty, the Thervingi move south of the Danube to escape the Huns. As a result of a famine, and the failure of Rome to keep their part of the treaty, there is 6 years of raiding into Roman territory on the part of the Thervingi. Ultimately, Gothic peoples settle permanently in Roman territory.

Battle of Adrianople (Second Gothic War)

Emperor Valens killed in battle; this was the deciding battle of the Second Gothic War.

Rome Abandons Britain


Roman armies are recalled to continental Europe to help defend the city of Rome from the increasing influx of “barbarian” peoples.

Visigoths Under Alaric I Sack the City of Rome

Period of the Hunnic Empire in Eurasia


Established under Oktar

The Hunnic Confederation is Established under Oktar

Rule of Oktar (Hun)


Angles, Saxons, and Jutes move Northwest and Enter Britain from Europe

Rule of Rugilia (Hun)


Joint Rule of Bleda and Atilla (Hun)


Rule of Attila (Hun)


Attila Enters Gaul

Death of Attila; Collapse of the Hunnic Empire

Collapse of Western Roman Empire

Odoacer (probably Ostragoth) defeats Romulus Augustulus in battle at Ravenna; Odoacer is recognized as King in Rome by Eastern Emperor Zeno