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Essay on the Society of the Goths
Initially, the Goths were settled in tribes or small precarious villages, of which some of them were merely seasonal. There they lived with their families, mostly dedicated to agriculture and livestock as a subsistence method.
Within the God society, four social classes can be distinguished: the nobles, the free men, the laeti or semylibres and finally the slaves, all of them were led by the figure of a king.
Although the political and social organization of the Goths was not very advanced, they did stood out for being oriented towards war. According to Tacitus the kings were chosen in the Thing by the nobles, who would be destined to lead the fighting. However, the kings had no executive power, which was reserved for the Assembly of Free Men where it was voted by agitation of their frameas, which were antlers with an iron at the tip.
The normal god. Only in times of war weapons were taken, which was the right and duty of every adult gode. Therefore, all the inhabitants of male men have.
Initially, this society due to its life in constant movement without a place that clinging takes into account the cult of ancestors, the realization of banquets being of great importance. These banquets were part of the social and political relations of the Goths, in them the war or peace against or in favor of different peoples was declared, disputes between the members of society are resolved, thus forming a kind of consensusmassive among all.
But once their customs and traditions change in Roman territory, since they become an agricultural society, detaching to the lesser extent of livestock. In this way a society arises in which there is a division of works and a professional army dedicated exclusively to said preparation. It is no longer necessary for all men to be warriors.
Once established in the Roman province of Dacia, the Godo people suffer a great change in their social and economic structure, since at first they consisted of a semi -fledged town governed by military leaders who ruled free men who were dedicated to differentwork having in common that they were all fierce warriors.
On the other hand, thanks mainly to trade with the Roman Empire, a small aristocracy begin to emerge which obtains large sums of money. The change to go from being a rural society and semi -fled to be a sedentary people based on agriculture and commerce allows to increase the military aspirations of the Goths since it increases their vision of the future, of gaining better and large lands.
Sharing borders with the Empire caused the Goths to benefit directly with trade and culture, in this way they advanced and imitated Roman techniques very quickly. Due to this rapid integration, the Goths were able to learn with great simplicity many of the technological innovations of the agricultural and military of the Romans. But all these advances, added to the new trade established in the area plus the growing influence and power of this Godo people assumed that the Romans begin to value them as a possible inconvenience since they were the most powerful barbarian people in Europe at that time.
As a consequence of the growing economic development and the growing military improvement, Emperor Aurelian. Due to this recognition, the Romans would consider the Goths as a friend of Rome. This characteristic of Guerrero people caused the Roman Empire to consider them valuable for their own benefit in addition to a threat to take into account. However, the Empire had so many borders that it was impossible for them. The counterpart is that as they were making a pact with these peoples to defend their borders, they would get used to having them as a shield and the Roman army would lose strength and effectiveness.