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great ethnic complex of ancient Europe, a basic stock in the composition of the modern peoples of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, N Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, N and central France, Lowland Scotland, and England.
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a Germanic tribe. The Heruli lived originally in northern Europe, migrating to the south in the third century. The eastern Heruli were subjugated by the Huns in the second half of the fourth century; after the collapse of the Hunnic union of tribes, they founded their own “kingdom” on the Danube (circa 500), which was defeated by the Lombards in the early part of the sixth century. The western Heruli were subjugated by the Franks at the beginning of the sixth century.

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Evidently, small multiethnic groups of aliens that could have included Heruls, Gepids, and Ostrogoths, reached east Lithuania and managed to get established there (Zabiela 1995, 47 ff.
But ir most of the Greek and latin manuscripts they were destroyed at the sacking of the Library of Alexandria in 391, the archives of Rome were devastated in several occasions between 410 and 476 by Visigoth and heruls, and the little classic vestiges that were in Athens were devastated by Justinian in 529, which was the connection that managed to transmit that Literature and could be taken advantage of it in a period previous to the Renaissance?
In 267 AD the Heruls swept down from the north and left a trail of destruction behind.