chapter  I
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I. THE BARBARIAN KINGDOMS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE

At the other extremity of the Empire, on the banks of the Danube, the contact was still closer. The Goth Ulfila had brought Christianity from Byzantium, and had spread it among his compatriots. To be exact, this Christianity was that of the Arians, who were then predominant in the East. But the consequences of this fact would not appear until a later period. The essential thing was that even before they entered the Roman world, the Goths, the most powerful of the Germanic peoples, had abandoned their paganism, and with it had lost the great safeguard of their national individuality.