The eastern branch of the Referring to an Indo-European ethnic group of people originating in northern Europe. The Roman Empire bordered on Germanic lands for centuries and the... more Goths. The Eastern (27 B.C.) After a period of unrest and competing generals jockeying for power, Octavian, the adopted son of Julius Caesar, becomes the first official ... more commissioned them to invade Italy and take it back from Odoacer. They conquered the peninsula and establish the Kingdom of Italy. Although the Ostrogoths were Arian Christians, they fostered positive relations with the Pope and permitted freedom of religion.