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Ariaric also known as Ariacus was a 4th-century Thervingian Gothic pagan ruler (reiks, kindins)[1][2][3] He was succeeded by Geberic.[4] In 328, Constantine the Great constructed a bridge across the Danube and built fortifications in the territory of Oltenia and Wallachia. This caused a migration of the Thervingi and Taifali to the west into Tisza Sarmatian controlled areas. The Sarmatians joined forces with Constantine, who appointed his son Constantine II to campaign against the Goths in late winter 332, reportedly resulting in the deaths of approximately one hundred thousand people due to the weather and lack of food.[3] Ariaric was forced to sign a treaty or foedus with Constantine in 332. Yet some scholars dispute that this treaty was a foedus, but more like an act of submission.[5]

Ariaric's son Aoric was raised in Constantinople, where a statue was erected in his memory. [6] Patrick J. Geary suggested that under Ariaric branches of the western Goths became increasingly integrated into the Roman empire and systems, providing troops for military campaigns against the Sassanid Empire.[6]


  1. ^ Carole M. Cusack (1998). Rise of Christianity in Northern Europe, 300-1000. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 38–. ISBN 978-0-304-70735-5. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  2. ^ Herwig Wolfram; Thomas J. Dunlap (1 March 1990). History of the Goths. University of California Press. pp. 61–. ISBN 978-0-520-06983-1. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b Noel Emmanuel Lenski (2002). Failure of Empire: Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D. University of California Press. pp. 120–. ISBN 978-0-520-23332-4. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  4. ^ Jordanes, Getica.
  5. ^ From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms. Thomas F. X. Noble. ed. 2006, p.245
  6. ^ a b Patrick J. Geary (2003). The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe. Princeton University Press. pp. 87–. ISBN 978-0-691-11481-1. Retrieved 6 January 2013.