The Great Migration

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


Crisis of the Third Century

235 - 284

The Gallic (Roman) Empire

258 - 274

The Palmyrene (Roman) Empire

260 - 273

Thervingi (Goths) Enter Roman Territory in Dacia

268 CE

Battle of Naissus


Large numbers of Goths enter Roman territory

Rule of Aurelian

270 - 275

Emperor Aurelian Abandons Dacia

271 CE

Gallic and Palmyrene Empires restored to Roman control by Aurelian


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

286 - 305

First mention in Roman literature about different tribes of Goths

291 CE

First Gothic War

367 CE - 369 CE

Emperor Valens attacks the Thervingi north of the Danube River.

Huns begin to move into Europe from Asia

370 CE

Second Gothic War

376 - 382

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

402 - 410

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

420 - 453

Established under Oktar

The Hunnic Confederation is Established under Oktar


Rule of Oktar (Hun)

420 - 430

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


Rule of Rugilia (Hun)

432 - 435

Joint Rule of Bleda and Atilla (Hun)

435 - 445

Rule of Attila (Hun)

445 - 453

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