GepidsThe Gepids were a Germanic tribe first mentioned around A.D. 260, when they participated in an invasion in Dacia together with the Goths. The word "Gepid" is a Gothic term meaning "slow" or "lazy", for the Goths thought the Gepids were slow (in settling themselves). During their early history the Gepids were unlike other Germanic peoples in that they were unable to build a longlasting empire.
They eventually succeeded in settling themselves on the eastern bank of the Tisza river. In the 4th century they were conquered by the Ostrogoths. In 375 they had to submit to the Huns along with their Ostrogoth overlords.
After the victory at Nedao they finally won a place to settle in the Carpathian mountains.
They reached the zenith of their power after 537, settling in the rich area around Belgrade. In 546 the Byzantine Empire allied themselves with the Longobards to expel the Gepids from this region. In 552 the Gepids suffered a disastrous defeat in the Battle of Asfeld and were finally conquered by the Avars in 567