The Limes in the Germanic Provinces and Rhaetia during the Imperial Period – Gateway to a New World or Border Wall of Civilization?

1 Introduction The Limes in the Germanic provinces and in Rhaetia was long regarded in older research as a “bulwark against the barbarians” (Bakker 1997, p.111), as a border wall of the Imperium Romanum and thus as the border of the civilized world of antiquity against the Germanic “Barbaricum”. In recent decades, however, this viewContinue reading “The Limes in the Germanic Provinces and Rhaetia during the Imperial Period – Gateway to a New World or Border Wall of Civilization?”

Stückwerk-Technik vs. holistischer Utopismus: Karl Poppers Weg zur Verbesserung der Gesellschaft in “Das Elend des Historizismus”

Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Einleitung 2 Engineering Society: Stückwerk-Technik vs. holistischer Utopismus 2.1 Schrittweise Veränderung: Die Stückwerk-Technik 2.2 Radikale Revolution: Der holistische Utopismus und seine Beziehung zum Historizismus 2.3 Stückwerk-Technik als Alternative zum Holismus? 2.3.1 Wie effektiv kann die Stückwerk-Technik als Methode zur gesteuerten gesellschaftlichen Veränderung sein? 2.3.2 Wie groß ist der Unterschied zwischen Stückwerk-Technik und demContinue reading “Stückwerk-Technik vs. holistischer Utopismus: Karl Poppers Weg zur Verbesserung der Gesellschaft in “Das Elend des Historizismus””

Rom und die Germanen – Der Limes in Deutschland

In der Vergangenheit wurde angenommen, beim Limes handle es sich um ein Verteidigungsbollwerk. Die Forschung der letzten drei Jahrzehnte hat allerdings gezeigt, dass kultureller Austausch zwischen Römern und Germanen in der Grenzzone alltäglich war.

What Is the Oldest English Word?

Languages are always evolving in a process that is never truly finished. So to ask what the oldest word in a given language is, is a bit pointless. We can ask, however, what the oldest attested word in a given language, like English, is, which is what’s examined in this article.

The Origins of the Ancient Greeks

An attempt at answering – in brief – the question of the origin of the Ancient Greeks from an archaeological, mythological and genetic approach.

Deutsche Kriegsgefangene in Großbritannien 1939-48

Die Geschichte deutscher Kriegsgefangener in Großbritannien während und nach dem Ende des zweiten Weltkriegs, mit besonderem Fokus auf deren Behandlung und ihrem Bild in der britischen Öffentlichkeit in Relation zum Kriegsverlauf.

German Prisoners Of War in Britain 1939-1948

The Second World War was the most devastating conflict in human history. All sides suffered horrendous casualties, but not all of those belonged to the dead or the wounded. Many, in fact, the vast majority, were taken captive and had to be taken care of, which put a massive administrative burden on the belligerent nations. This article seeks to examine the fate of German POWs in British hands during and beyond the War.

Justice in Aristotelian Ethics

Justice in Aristotle’s philosophy differentiates between general and particular justice, the latter of which can be divided further into distributive and equalising justice.

The Cause of the High German Consonant Shift

The High German Consonant Shift gave rise to the High and Upper German dialects of the West Germanic Dialect Continuum. It’s cause is still debated, however, although a Gallo-Roman substrate seems to be the most likely explanation.

Das Ältere Futhark und Sein Ursprung

Der Ursprung des älteren Futhark ist bis heute ungeklärt. Als mögliche Inspirationsquellen gelten vor allem das lateinische und die nordetruskischen Alphabete.

The Origin of the Elder Futhark

The origin of the Elder Futhark is still disputed. The Roman alphabet appears to be a significant inspiration but fails to explain all it’s oddities. Perhaps the North Etruscan or Phoenician alphabets offer an alternative.

Thank You!

This is just a little update on the blog and what’s been happening with it over the last few weeks. After running European Origins for almost a year and having had a blog prior to this I decided to dedicate to this website, more so than I have done in the past. I purchased theContinue reading “Thank You!”

Proto-Indo-European Religion

The myths and legends of the Proto-Indo-Europeans have influenced the world like no other be it through the great Greek Classics, the Icelandic Sagas or the Indian Vedas. But what exactly did they themselves believe in and how did they practice their faith?

History through Poems: Examining Beowulf

Originally posted on Kristyn J. Miller:
Epic poems have incredible staying power both as literary achievements and as historical resources. The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is one of the foremost examples of this. Despite its mythological themes, the story offers historians a rare insight into Anglo-Saxon ideals of masculinity, heroism, and society. At the same time,…

Ragnarok and Reincarnation in Norse Mythology

Ragnarok describes the end of the world in Norse Mythology. Or does it really? Not only the world itself is reborn after its destruction, but one of the gods as well. Could this be an indication for reincarnation in Germanic myth or perhaps even evidence for a pan-Indo-European phenomenon of rebirth?

The Indo-European Language Family

The Indo-European language family is the most widely spoken language family in the world today, partially due to Colonialism. But even before the European expansion Indo-European languages were spoken throughout Eurasia.

How linguistics helps us reconstruct ancient fire mythology — The Philological Society Blog

Report on the ‘Martin Burr Fund’ grant offered for a monograph on the Norse God Loki written by Riccardo Ginevra (Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University) The historical and comparative approach to Indo-European poetic language and myth has developed greatly in the second half of the 20th century, particularly thanks to the efforts of, among […]Continue reading “How linguistics helps us reconstruct ancient fire mythology — The Philological Society Blog”

The Proto-Indo-European Myth Of Creation

All cultures have their own, unique story of creation, some of which we may be more familiar with than others. The ancient Greeks believed that in the beginning there was Chaos, the Norse that there was Ginnungagap, ‘the big gap’ of nothingness between the forces of fire and ice. But what if these myths, together with a few others across the Eurasian continent, had a common, Proto-Indo-European origin?

Proto-Indo-European Society: A short Introduction

Western society is often thought of as profoundly patriarchal, capitalist and power hungry, as has been shown multiple times throughout history. But how deep these traits run within our ancestry has only come to light within the last few decades with the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European society.

Living DNA Review

How useful is Living DNA to determine your ancestry? This review deals with German autosomal admixture in particular, featuring Baltic, Tuscan and Germanic components.

Origins and Culture of the Ancient Germanic Tribes

The origin of the ancient Germans (not to be confused with the modern Germans) is still debated, although somewhere between Northern Germany and Southern Scandinavia seems to be the most likely place. Bu where did the people inhabiting this area come from?