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EmperorTigerstar July 5th, 2013 02:44 PM

Favorite Germanic Tribe
 
Which Germanic Tribe, out of the ones that invaded the Western and Eastern Roman Empires from the late 300s to 476, is your favorite and why?

For me, I'd say the Vandals because they gave us the word Vandal, sacked Rome, and they remind me territory wise of Carthage.

Salah July 5th, 2013 03:04 PM

I'm a Vandal fanboy. If I was a Vandal, I'd probably be flattered to find out how the English language has hijacked the name of my people.

The Alans, by the way, were Sarmatians - therefore Iranian, not Germanic. Of course some of them joined the Vandals in Africa, and presumably intermarried with them.

purpleguy89 July 5th, 2013 07:24 PM

I've a hard time deciding this one.

Salah July 5th, 2013 07:35 PM

All the options on the poll date to the 'Migrations/Invasions' period. In earlier centuries, the Cimbri, Teutones, Cherusci, Chatti, Marcomanni, and Quadi would all be worthy of mention. The last two of these groups caused a lot of hell in the middle decades of the 2nd Century, even raiding as far as northern Italy before being repulsed.

purpleguy89 July 5th, 2013 08:45 PM

I'm somewhere between the Franks, Saxons and Visigoths. I'd probably vote for the Franks, but I really don't think I have enough elements to judge.

Devil Prince July 5th, 2013 09:46 PM

lol. no difference. The ROmans tamed them all and taught them civilization.

Dzung July 5th, 2013 09:53 PM

I'm with the Vandals too, they outclassed them all.

They bowled right through the Roman defenses and got away with it.
They made it to Carthage and set up shop for a long time.
There were a few rocks along the road, but they survived.
Until Justinian.

All the tribes that stayed behind were destroyed.

Salah July 5th, 2013 10:07 PM

The Vandals were one of the few people groups in late Antiquity who could truly be described as 'barbarian invaders'. Gaiseric was something of an evil genius, probably the most brilliant ruler of the century.

Salah July 5th, 2013 10:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Devil Prince (Post 1512185)
lol. no difference. The ROmans tamed them all and taught them civilization.

I'm sure you can try harder than that.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dzung (Post 1512189)
All the tribes that stayed behind were destroyed.

Who destroyed them?

Dzung July 5th, 2013 11:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Salah (Post 1512204)
Who destroyed them?

The onslaught of tribes being forced out of the east. By the fourth century, the Sarmations had all but been driven from grazing lands by Hun raiding parties who would steal their herds and slaughter the Indo-European tribesmen if they could.

This forced the "Scythians" into Dacia where they overwhelmed the grazing land of the Goths who pushed on the Langobards who pushed on the Gepids and so on. After Constantine, Rome gave up on Dacia. Yet the crush continued.

This whole process can be traced back to the time of the Han defeat of the Xiongnu. The Wusun were forced out of the Gansu corridor, then the Yuezhi, then came the Huns and so it went for hundreds of years.

The Roman frontier became a grinding machine that destroyed entire tribal groups. Meanwhile the Romans and the Persians were draining each other's blood.

The Vandals got out while the gettin was good.


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