Episode 20: The Early Germanic Tribes

The first Germanic-speaking tribes emerge in northern Europe.  We explore the connection between these tribes and the original Indo-Europeans.  We then look at the expansion of the Germanic tribes into the Celtic region of central Europe and their early conflicts with the Romans.  Latin words pass into these early Germanic languages, including the dialects of the continental Anglo-Saxons.

3 thoughts on “Episode 20: The Early Germanic Tribes

  1. The failure of the Romans to conquer all the Germanic tribes completely changed the history of Europe. The Reformation takes place in the areas of Germany and N. Europe that the Romans failed to conquer.

  2. The German Tribes are important in my family’s history on both my father’s side and my mother’s side. On my mother’s side I am descended from the Franks, Alemanni, Suebi, Visigoths, Thuringians, Burgundians, continental Saxons, and Lombards. I am also descended from Charlemagne on my mother’s side. Finally, on my mother’s side, I am also descended from Roman Legionnaires, or soldiers, of ancient ethnic Roman physical descent. The German tribes on my mother’s side intermarried in later centuries with the descendants of the Roman Legionnaires. On my father’s side I am descended from the Anglo-Saxons of England. I wouldn’t be me without the merging of the Roman Legionnaires and the German Tribes. The German Tribes accomplished more than people give them credit for.

    • To the best of my recollection, my high school history class spent very little time on the Germanic tribes, and only mentioned then in the context of the fall of the Western Roman Empire. I wanted to expand on the history and culture of those tribes in the podcast to illustrate their important contributions to both European languages and early European history.

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