Ardaric : King Of The Gepids
Kingdoms For All !
The Gepids eventually settled in Dacia, and offered to the Emperor Marcian peace if the Byzantines would simply give them a small annual tribute. Marcian, happy to be rid of the Huns, and fearful of the new powers in the region, the Goths and the Gepids, responded with and annual gift of one hundred pounds of gold. The Gepids quickly became rich, and one of the great powers of the region, while the Suavi, Scirii, Rugii, Heruli, and Turcilingi all carved out smaller kingdoms to the north and northwest of the Gepid lands.
As mentioned earlier, Ernak and Dengizich decided to test the will of the Goths in Pannonia. Despite catching Valamir alone, without the armies of his brothers Thiudimer and Vidimir to help him, the Huns were defeated decisively. And even though Valamir's force was much much smaller, the Goths harassed the Huns so fiercely that few remained by the time they finally reached the safety of Scythia.
Dengizich, never happy with what territory he had, decided a few years later, 468 A.C.E., to attack Bassiane in Pannonia, plundering it, and the surrounding towns and villages. The Goths came down upon the Huns with such deadly force that only a few made it out of Pannonia alive. By 469 A.C.E. Dengizich's head was on display in Constantinople for all the Byzantines to gaze upon.
Ernak, unlike his brother, ruled contently over his small kingdom, and did nothing over the years of his reign to incite the Eastern Romans to attack him. History, unfortunately, has not recorded what happened to him.
Ardaric, the great king of the Gepid people, is said to have died around the year 460 A.C.E. Ardaric, fought with, and against, some of the greatest warrior kings of his time, which included of course Valamir and Attila. The Roman historian Jordanes described Ardaric as " Attila's most prized vassal at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains ! " And the defeat of the Huns at the Battle of Nedao was a feat considered impossible by many just a few short years earlier.
The great Gepid King Ardaric should be remembered most of all, however, for the fact that he set forth a Germanic cornerstone in Dacia for all his people. A kingdom that was free from tyranny, and foreign control. His accomplishments, which might seem trivial by some today, were incredibly important to the Byzantine Empire, and the Germanic world overall. While the Roman Empire in the west crumbled to dust, before repeated barbarian invasions, the Byzantine Empire, free from attacks, lasted for another millennium.
All Hail the memory of Ardaric, king of the Gepids !
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- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2018.