the notions of language and reason are easily confused in the word logos, so speaking poorly was easily conflated with being stupid‹an association not of course limited toancient Greeks.Barbarians were a tall, fierce, fair-haired and fair-skinned people, in contrast to their swarthy counterparts from whence they had traveled. They displaced or assimilated theindigenous people of the regions they entered, they never truly settled anywhere, ever-moving as their needs and resources changed. Eventually they did settle and create homesand lifestyles for themselves, yet their culture was never elaborate.Those who they came in contact with considered them uncivilized, and yet werefascinated by their strength, stamina, force of will, charisma, and versatility. They wererespected by those they befriended, and feared by those who opposed them. Even withintheir own society, they fought amongst themselves, seeking supremacy of power andcontrollership of the lands they acquired.In Northern Europe they became known as the Teutons, Norse, Goths, and Celts, andwithin those tribes arose many sub-tribes. Settling deep in the regions of NorthernEurope, they were forgotten by the various civilizations to the South and East such asGreece, Assyria, Persia, and Egypt. It was not until the end of the Bronze age and theonset of the Iron Age that the cultures would re-emerge, clashing with those civilizationsfronting the Mediterranean Sea; Greece, and Rome.Reviled by the Greeks, and both respected and feared by the Romans, these people wouldtime and again engage in battles against those civilizations. Those of Teutony proved to be indomitable, and even the ones conquered by Rome did not remain under Roman rulefor long. Their fierce, warlike nature and coarse behavior earned them the name.
167 - Germans invade Italy and Greece.200 - Visigoths and Ostrogoths move to Russia.367 - Picts and Scots invade England.370 - Huns invade Europe.406 - Vandals, Alans and Suevis invade Gaul (France).