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  • Slaves in Roman and Germanic Societies

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    While both Roman society and Germanic society do not view slaves as full people each society does have some safeguards to slaves' wellbeing. Although both societies try to protect their slaves they also illustrated that slaves were not equal to free and even freed slaves were not equal. While both societies have positive aspects to their treatment of slaves I believe it would be better to be a slave in a Germanic society rather than a Roman society. In a Germanic society a slave had a greater ability

  • Heroes of Celtic and Germanic Mythology

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    Heroes of Celtic and Germanic Mythology Throughout the myths of the Celtic and Germanic peoples of northern Europe tales of epic heroes and their extraordinary deeds abound. These tales depict heroes performing a variety of incredible feats; many of which appear to be magical, superhuman, and, quite honestly, utterly impossible (e.g., wading across oceans, defeating armies virtually single-handedly, and other astounding exploits). Since the Celtic and Germanic tribes of antiquity inhabited

  • Germanic tribes and the fall of rome

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    well-known collapses in history. It is written about by historians then and now and is studied by many disciplines. Though there are many factors in this decline, including civil wars and the depletion of the army and taxes, it is certain that the Germanic tribes that surrounded the empire had a part in the fall of the western portion. It could be argued that their role was both critical and that Rome itself brought on its own downfall. In order to understand the behavior of people, one must first

  • Beowulf as the Archetypal Germanic Hero

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    illustrates a loss of community, cultural values, and tradition. Beowulf, the main character, is an ideal king and archetypal warrior. History is relevant to Beowulf; this Germanic society was being taken over by Christian missionaries who were seeking to convert this culture. The character of Beowulf is a reflection of the Germanic culture's virtues; heroism is emphasized in the text's multiple references and constant focus on heroes and what it is to be a hero. Beowulf, who is reflective of an older

  • Culture And Literature Of The Germanic Tribes

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    Culture and Literature of the Germanic Tribes Much of our knowledge of the early Germanic tribes comes from Roman historians. The reason why other sources are limited is because the tribes didn’t have a written alphabet. Due to the fact that their legends were spread mostly by word of mouth, most knowledge about their culture has been lost. Fortunately, enough has been preserved that we still know the basic functions of their societies. We know about their religion, the basic way their culture

  • The Germanic and Celtic Tradition by George MacDonald

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    The Germanic and Celtic Tradition by George MacDonald One of the most interesting things about fairytales is how the author has borrowed ideas from ancient myths and legends and kept them alive in their writings. The Princess and the Goblin is one of these fairytales. In writing this novel, George MacDonald has incorporated much of the folk tradition in his characters and plot. Specifically, his concept of goblins seem to be drawn from the tradition of dwarfs, gnomes, and kobolds of Germanic

  • The Roman Empire and the East Germanic Tribes

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    It is ironic that the most serious threats to the Roman Empire began not with the western Germanic tribes of the Roman frontier but the eastern Germanic tribes, particularly the Goths. The Roman Empire during the early third century had a series of weak emperors and a strong challenge from the Parthian Empire of Persia. The resources of the Empire were debilitated and the Goths challenged the Romans for control of the area at the mouth of the Danube River at the Black Sea. The Goths controlled the

  • Germanic Influences on the Old-English Language (and Modern-English Influences on Dutch)

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    culture and their language along with them, which they forcefully imposed on the native inhabitants of England (Freeborn 12). The Germanic influence of these European tribes strongly showed through in the Old-English language and caused a linguistic revolution as a first step into turning English into the partially Germanic language it is nowadays. One of the Germanic features seen in Old-English is the relatively loosely determined word order, as compared to Modern English (Crystal 20). This was

  • Common Old French Name Of Germanic Origin With A Problematic Pronunciation For Uninitiated English

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    Guillet. A less than common Old French name of Germanic origin with a problematic pronunciation for uninitiated English. It is a contraction of Guillaume (Wilhelm (German)= William (English), meaning 'will lead ') having many variants. Couple this with the non-standard spellings of the 19th century and the rapid infusion into the Eastern Townships from 1790 of Anglophones, the spelling and pronunciation of Guillet in this region of Quebec was surely to be complicated. Even without the complications

  • The Fall Of The Roman Empire

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    instead. The wealthy were the ones that owned the most land, however, this development prevented any revival of the taxation centered Roman Empire. There was also a shift from a mostly civilian nobility to a more military one. With the increase of the Germanic people within the Roman Empire more value was placed on the military and more and more nobles joined military ranks. Therefore, while certain aspects of the Roman Empire survived its downfall, other aspects changed to suit the new society that developed