The Goths were a Germanic people who were referred to as “barbarians” by the Romans, famous for sacking the city of Rome in A.D. 410, but who were they, really? And what do fans of atmospheric post-punk music have in common with the ancient barbarians? Not much … so why are both known as “goths”? TED-Ed and Dan Adams investigates.
The term “Germanic” originated in classical times when groups of tribes living in Lower, Upper, and Greater Germania were referred to using this label by Roman scribes. The west germanic tribe ‘Visigoths’ and the east germanic tribe Ostrogoths played an important role in the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the emergence of Medieval Europe.