By Levi Clancy for Student Reader on
The Ostrogoths originally came from the Ukraine. Under king Theoderic they had migrated through the Balkans and settled in Italy in the late fifth century. Theoderic took power there in 493 in the name of the Byzantine emperor, who had made him a consul. Byzantine influence on the Ostrogothic court is seen in artifacts such as the Domagnano treasure, which echoes the splendid mosaics of Byzantine church buildings. In Italy, the Ostrogoths formed a minority ruling class over the Romans, who still held high offices of state.