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The Ostrogoths or Greuthungi (meaning people of the steppe, in contrast to the Visigoths-Tervingi, living in the more wooded areas) were an East Germanic people, one of the two tribes of Goths. They conquered Italy from Odoacer and founded their kingdom there. In the 5th century the Ostrogothic kingdom was crushed by the Byzantines in a war that depopulated much of Italy.