The Vandals were a Germanic people who first inhabited what is now southern Poland. They established Vandal kingdoms on the Iberian Peninsula, Mediterranean islands, and North Africa in the fifth century. They are associated with the Przeworsk culture and were possibly the same people as the Lugii.
Like the Goths, the Vandals may have originated in Scandinavia before migrating south. They first breached the Roman frontier in 406, with the Roman Empire distracted by internal divisions, and began clashing with both Visigoths and Romans in Gaul and Iberia.
According to Procopius, the Vandals came to Africa at the request of Bonifacius, the military ruler of the region. However, it has been suggested that the Vandals migrated to Africa in search of safety; they had been attacked by a Roman army in 422 and had failed to seal a treaty with them.
The Vandals were ardent Arian Christians, and their persecutions of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa were at times fierce, particularly during the last years of the reign of Gaiseric’s successor, Huneric (reigned 477–484).
The sack of the Roman capital made history books, but was not the violent event many assume. Though the Vandals were considered heretics by the early Church, they negotiated with Pope Leo I, who convinced them not to destroy Rome. They raided the city’s wealth, but left the buildings intact and went home.
Other historians believe the Huns originated from Kazakhstan, or elsewhere in Asia. Prior to the 4th century, the Huns traveled in small groups led by chieftains and had no known individual king or leader. They arrived in southeastern Europe around 370 A.D. and conquered one territory after another for over 70 years.
: a person who willfully destroys, damages, or defaces property belonging to another or to the public. History and Etymology for vandal. Vandal, member of a Germanic tribe who sacked Rome in a.d. 455.
The Vandals were only in power for a century. They were crushingly defeated and many leaders killed. Hundreds were conscripted into the Roman army, others rebelled and were killed. Many of their women’s married Roman soldiers, the rest merged into the local population.
A person who vandalizes is a vandal. A vandal doesn’t steal, but they reduce the value of what someone owns by harming it.
Where did the vandals acquire their education? the romans. They lived there.
Its name means “new city” or “new town.” Before the rise of ancient Rome, Carthage was the most powerful city in the region because of its proximity to trade routes and its impressive harbor on the Mediterranean. At the height of its power, Carthage was the center of the Phoenician trade network.
Attila the Hun was the leader of the Hunnic Empire from 434 to 453 A.D. Also called Flagellum Dei, or the “scourge of God,” Attila was known to Romans for his brutality and a penchant for sacking and pillaging Roman cities.
After this defeat Hippo Regius had to be abandoned by the Romans and was then sacked by the Vandals. In 435, the Romans made a peace treaty in which much of North Africa was ceded to the Vandals. In 439, the Vandals broke the treaty, captured the city of Carthage and moved their capital there, and advanced into Sicily.
The most straightforward theory for Western Rome’s collapse pins the fall on a string of military losses sustained against outside forces. From then on, no Roman emperor would ever again rule from a post in Italy, leading many to cite 476 as the year the Western Empire suffered its deathblow.