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Thread: Which Tribe Was the Most Powerful, Dominant Germanic Tribe in History?

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    Alemanni

    Skadi member Drakkar was right, the Alemanni were one of the most powerful of the Germanic tribes. Many clans of Aesir and Germanic peoples were united by settlements. The Aesir clan Suevi settled among other Germanic peoples in a region called Swabia. These clans became known as the Alemanni, first mentioned about 213 AD after attacking the Romans. They fought many battles with the Romans, unfortunately lost almost all of them. The most famous one was the battle of Strasbourg in 357 AD. The Roman leader Ceasar Julian led an army of 13,000 against a confederation of the Alemanni possibly numbering as much as 35,000. 2 Alemannic kings were supported by other sub kings and chiefs composed of their own war bands and warriors from their cantons and some mercenaries from outside the tribe. This is the largest Germanic army ever assembled up to that time. Roman discipline and command structure gave them great advantage over the Germanic force. They defeated the Alemanni, but the battle was hard fought. This is when Bissula was captured. It is appalling that the Alemanni leaders would have put her in harms way so that she could be captured. She was given to the Roman official Ausonius. I posted the poem Ausonius wrote about her under the thread: Lesser Known Germanic Tribes. Why is Bissula so important? She is an icon of who the Nordic people were and what they looked like. Was she just an unusual example of the beauty of the Nordic people or were most of the Germanic women as beautiful as her? It is hard to say, but maybe they were. I read a book on the Swedish vikings some years ago and when the vikings actually started trading at different ports, including Germanic ports, the residents of these ports were "astounded" at the beauty of the women they had on their ships. Astounded is a pretty strong word to use.

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    After further review, I change my opinion. I believe the fiercest/most dominant of the Germanic tribes were the Franks. Who then became the Normans who are descended from Norway or Denmark ultimately. Just think about all the major battles won by these people. Including the largest and most influential of all-time. The Battle of Tours and the Battle of Hastings. Does it get any "greater" than this? Absolutely not.

    These two battles shaped the world we live in now moreso than any others. Truth be told, I wouldn't mind a "Battle of Tours II" but on American soil and European soil simultaneously.
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    strong: Sueben
    pure: Semnonen
    mysterious: Heruler
    wild: Harii
    clever: Cherusker
    proud: Batavier
    big: Goten
    famos: Burgunder
    present: Langobarden
    etc
    Franken, Alamannnen, Saxen are not pure tribes, They all are build from single tribes.
    That happens in the "dark Ages" bedween 190 till 270. Rom had less control during this time about Germanic terroir.

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