BARBARIANS AGAINST ROME Rome's Celtic, Germanic, Spanish and by Peter Wilcox, Rafael Trevio, Angus McBride

By Peter Wilcox, Rafael Trevio, Angus McBride

This ebook combines Men-at-Arms 129: ‘Rome's Enemies 1: Germanics and Dacians’, Men-at-Arms 158: ‘Rome's Enemies 2: Gallic & British Celts’ and Men-at-Arms one hundred eighty: ‘Rome's Enemies four: Spanish Armies 218-19BC’. As Rome's borders elevated, a multifarious conflict of cultures ensued. clash was once inevitable; to the victor, new territory and dominion; to the vanquished, humility and subjugation. The Celts, Celtiberians, Gauls, Teutones, Cimbri, etc all fought with no mercy to guard their humans, territories and cultures from the Roman onslaught.

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The Celtic Iron Age fashion of wearing trousers was particularly noted by Greek and Roman writers. Diodorus Siculus, probably quoting the Syrian historian Posidonius, writes of the colourful clothing worn by the Gauls, as well as their use of trousers; the 'multi-coloured' fabric associated with the Celts probably indicates checkered and striped patterns, but they also wore fabrics of solid colours, natural wool colours and linen. Tunics with long or short sleeves were worn with a waist belt or girdle; over this was worn a cloak.

During the weighing procedure, Brennus, the Gallic leader, is said to have thrown his sword on to the scales with the words 'Vae victis'—'Woe to the defeated'. Without doubt, the capture, occupation and sack of the city remained an indelible mark on Roman folk memory. We can only guess how great a part it played in Rome's merciless treatment of the Celts in subsequent wars. Repeatedly beaten in battle, the Celts were subjected to wholesale massacres which almost merit that overworked word, 'genocide'.

Found at King's Field, Faversham, Kent. (British Museum) 43 settling on the Brest Peninsula, where they became who moved into R o m a n land around Geneva as known as Bretons. Resistance to the Saxons was so foederates (settled allies). determined in the 6th century that many German In 451 Attila led an army composed of Huns, migrants returned to their homelands or settled Alans, Goths and other Germans into Gaul. In an in north-western Gaul, by courtesy of the Franks 1 . inconclusive battle at Campus Mauriacus a In the mid-6th century the Anglo-Saxon advance mixed army of Romans, Burgundians, Salian began again, into Wiltshire and towards the rich Franks and Visigoths checked him.

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