According to the historians Cassiodorus and Jordanes in the beginning of 200 A.D. The Roman Empire was attacked by a Germanic tribe from southern Scandinavia. A century later it split into 2 tribes, Ostrogoth meaning “eastern Goth” and Visigoth meaning “western Goth.” In 370 A.D. both were attacked by Huns. The Ostrogoths merged with them and the Visigoths fled from them to a Roman province called Thrace and revolted killing the Roman Army and Emperor Valens at Adrianople present day Edirne, Turkey in 378 A.D. During the early 400’s they invaded Italy under there King Alaric and sacked Rome in 410. The Ostrogoths freed themselves of the Huns in 454 and conquered Italy in 488 under their king Theodric the Great. Both Gothic tribes were then reunited under him in 507. The Visigoths then moved to Gaul/France and to Spain and their empire there lasted into 711. The Ostrgoth’s empire lasted to 553.
They were feared because captives were sacrificed to their war god Tyz, and because of this the name Goth became associated with bad behavior and violence. In medieval and modern day Spain, Visigoths were thought to be the origin of Spanish nobility and in Latin America is used as a racial term referring to the Spaniards who oppressed the Native Americans. The Goths were actually the first Germanic people to convert to Christianity and in the 12th century religious buildings, castles and graveyards were built in Gothic architecture which has led to a time period called the Gothic era. In the 19th century Gothic literature first appeared because the stories took place in such places and lead it to represent dark stories of horror. In the late 20th century it came to represent a style and sound of darkness leading to a misconception of what a goth truly is.
You don't call a French person German, and the same goes for calling a person who's not of gothic ancestry a goth.
by Darkfire_13 May 17, 2006
Goths are a group of people who are just being themselves and in most cases don't actually label themsevles goth ( they are against labels in general)goth people are often artistic in some form and very creative. goth people are not super depressed people who decide to ware all black to piss off their parants (those who do this are posers). they are their own culture and would rather be themselves then fit in amoung a cookie cutter society.
Also most people asume they can't have fun, guess what they do have fun and laugh just like everyone else.
oh my god i'm going to be goth and be depressed and ware al black and like rebel against eerything
you are such a poser
by Pandora Lavon March 02, 2006
A clique that was created in the eighties. A Goth is a person who’s similar to an Emo, but less “Whiny”. The whole Goth culture surrounds the concept of being “unique” (against conformity) and hating the mainstream. These people are highly hypocritical in the sense that they claim to go against conformity yet conform to the Goth lifestyle. Due to the overwhelming amount of depressed teenagers in the world, being Gothic no longer goes against the mainstream. They have become part of the mainstream society and thus must conform to become a Goth.
"Goth's need to learn to shut up and try fixing their problems instead of whining about them"
by MichaelO. May 27, 2005
1) The people who truely ARE goths

2) The people who claim to be goths (usually posers 'cause no one liked them) ... yet listen to linkin park, simple plan and Good Charlotte because they are Dark/metal O.o ..
1) Wow, goths are pretty cool!

2) Posers are lame... like linkin park
by gay April 07, 2005
Victim of stereotypes.
Your just pissed off because my lifestyle looks cooler than yours.
by Jack The Stripper October 17, 2003
now: a growing middle/high school clique that has taken in many loner teens. they usually listen to bad music, but most are pretty cool people. they dont really do anything bad now, they just are being themselves. they seem alright to me, except for the scary ones.
"goths" can be pretty cool people, except the like real frightening ones.
by Marshie April 02, 2004
the incorrect term used to describe/stereotype people who wear black, hate people, and listen to metal. They may also be suicidal. The goths were actually a people who invaded the roman empire.
even though marilyn manson is awesome, he is not a goth. Goths should have a new stereotypical name.
by a1steaksauce October 23, 2005

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