Gepids

   German barbarians related to the Goths (q.v.) who settled in northern Dacia (q.v.) in the fourth century. They were subject to the Huns (q.v.) in the fifth century, until the death of Attila (q.v.). In the sixth century, the Gepids were the most powerful of the Germanic peoples on the Danube (q.v.) frontier. Justinian I (q.v) benefited from the hostility between the Gepids and the Lombards (q.v.) by playing one off against the other. In 567, two years after Justinian I died, a major war between the two erupted in which the Lombards, supported by the Avars (q.v.), annihilated the Gepids. After this, the Gepids disappeared from history.

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