Sippe Ulfson presents a historical and cultural representation of the Germanic tribes, settled from the I Century BC to the II century AD near the Reno, like Catti, Suebi and Harii.
Sources and historical context
Germans came from the South of Scandinavia and the Baltic shores and during the Roman Era were settled est of Reno and north of Danube.
Those tribes began moving south, leaving their home between 500 and 300 BC, due to climatic changing, overpopulation and famines. When they came in the land of today Germany, they knocked against Gauls, who had the fame of European “terrors” and Germans forced them to move west of the Reno.
The first German tribes we know of were Cimbri and Teuton’s tribes, who, in the II century BC, were defeated by Gaio Mario after having sowed terror in Europe.
Moreover, when Cesar was conquering Gauls’ territory, he fought against Ariovisto and his Suebian warriors.
The Roman Empire attempted to conquer Germany ended after Varus’ defeat in Teutoburg forest, when, in 9 AD, three Roman legions were destroyed by Arminio and his Cherusci warriors and other allied tribes.
When they noticed the decline of the Roman Empire, Germanic tribes started to press the Empire’s borders:
- During the IV century AD Goths defeated the Roman legions in Adrianopoli.
- During the V century AD Alarico’s Visigoths and Genserico’s Vandals sacked Rome.
Finally, in 476 DC, Odoacre, guiding Eruls, unthroned Romolo Augustolo, the last of the Roman Emperors. Afterwards, in the VI century AD, first Ostrogoths and then Langbards conquered the Italian peninsula.