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07-04-23 --- MMW 3 Lecture 9

07-04-23 --- MMW 3 Lecture 9 - Germani o Tribal nomads...

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Germani: o Tribal nomads Similar to pre-Islam nomads o Described as “stateless” Didn’t have “state” Tacitus’ Germania: (100 AD) o Tacitus became consul of Rome, very well educated o Claims to give a detailed explanation of what they are like o Other sources prove him to have a Roman bias, both for and against Romans o “we have taught them the use of money” o Jumps around from Noble Barbarian theme to Depraved Barbarian theme o Compared to Romans, German have a more fluid society o German economy and society depends on war o o Comitatus: The people who hang out with you because you are a proven fighter Will fight next to you in battle and expect payment for it o Discusses a rex and a royal family o Did not have Primogeniture: If you have a large state and many sons, you are expected to give your estate split equally to your sons, this is NOT primogeniture Primogeniture is when you pass on whole estate to oldest son o Emperors delegated power to his
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