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Germanic Intervention to Rome Empire

The 4th century became breaking point in Germanic intervention to Rome Empire. By conquering Roman lands, more than 50, 000 of German people assimilated in new to them cultures. Obviously, this had significant impact to further cultural development of Europe and other world regions. Talking about the examples of cultural exchange, language transformations worth to be reminded. Being assimilated in new Roman regions, with outnumbered local populations, these changes look absolutely reasonable.

The main idea about both Latin and Germanic traditions widely spread among Germanic tribes is concentrated around the fact that these people have never been unified till 8th century. Thus, the adaptation of Latin values was not similarly intensive. In this order, paganism and Christianity could stand side-by-side to each other. The same could be said about law, that was unwritten in Germanic tribes, in contrast to world’s legal heritage of Rome empire, that was widely appreciated among some tribes. Being long admired with the advantages of Roman civilization from afar, German tribes became the landlords of conquered territory. In this way, significant changes occurred in the system of public organizations, with new direction to feudalism. In addition, the efforts of Christian clergy to civilize the invaders also cannot be unnoticed. By listing numerous factors, the religion still remains the most important in the aspect of traditions’ exchange. The deny of Wodin, Thor, and Tiw worship brought major changes in ritual and life traditions of Germanic people. The evolving of traditions was in direct ratio to the process of Germans’ civilization and Christianization. The apogee took place when the German King Karl der Grosse (Charlemagne)unified German tribes at the first time at their history, indirectly stating the total victory of Latin values. It is interesting that appropriate unification was much depended on the help of Christian missioners, who actively and efficiently praised the name of Christ among uncivilized invaders.

 

References

U.a. (2007, November 24). LIGHT TO THE NATIONS: Christendom, from the Birth of Our Lord to the End of The Middle Age. Retrieved from http://www.catholictextbookproject.com/purchase/LTTN_CHP05.pdf