By John F. Drinkwater
The Alamanni and Rome focuses upon the top of the Roman Empire. From the 3rd century advert, barbarians attacked after which overran the west. Some--Goths, Franks, Saxons--are renowned, others much less so. The latter comprise the Alamanni, although their identify is located within the French (''Allemagne'') and Spanish (''Alemania'') for ''Germany.'' This pioneering learn, the 1st in English, makes use of new old and archaeological findings to reconstruct the origins of the Alamanni, their settlements, their politics, and their society, and to set up the character in their courting with Rome. John Drinkwater discovers the reason for their glossy elusiveness of their excessive point of dependence at the Empire. faraway from being harmful invaders, they have been frequently the prey of emperors purpose on buying army reputations. while a lot of the western Empire fell to the Franks, so did the Alamanni, with no ever having produced their very own ''successor kingdom.''
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139 133 See, generally, for what follows Steidl (1997), (2000). 134 Frank (1997); Steidl (2000: 107, Fig. 9). 135 Coins: Steidl (1997: 76). Cf. below 135, for the continuation of coin use into the fourth century. House-building: Steidl (2000: 104–5). 136 Below 92. 137 Steidl (2000: 106); cf. below 99, 113–15, 131–2, 190. 138 Steidl (2000: 106, 109). Below 92–3. 139 Benecke (2000: 253). Prelude Fig. 4 Alamannia. 37 38 Prelude As Kreuz says, we must be careful in how we judge this. What we have is not so much a ‘primitive’ as a diVerent sort of society, in which the preservation of social traditions was more important than possible gains through economic risk.
2. Wells (1972: 158–9). 2. 37 Wells (1972: 161). 108, 110. 3. 1–21. 41 Drinkwater (1983a: 23–4). 9. 3) and Pohl (2000: 96), both citing Timpe. 45 A major change came in 14 when Tiberius, now emperor, allowed Germanicus to avenge Varus in force. 47 However, there were now additional reasons for attacking Germani. The change of ruler had unsettled Roman armies in Pannonia (under Tiberius’ son, Drusus II) and the Germanies (under Germanicus). In Lower Germany there had even been talk of Germanicus’ taking the throne.
Prope Moenum amnem devicit. Cf. below 141–2. 8 I would add that by 289 the word ‘Alamanni’ must have been suYciently long in circulation for the cultivated Gallic orator who delivered the panegyric to Maximian to deploy it without fear of being accused of neologism. 10 It is, however, less signiWcant for the understanding of what happened in the third century. It does not compel a return to ‘migration’ and ‘occupation’. Acceptance of the ‘289 argument’ allowed historians to see the evidence in a 4 Wenskus (1961), 499–500, 506–7, citing Bauer and Dannenbauer.