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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvanus View Post
    the Gauls wore more armor than there Germanic counterparts, but they still lost to the Romans unlike the Germans
    Heavy armour may have been more of a hindrance than a help against the Romans, as it would slow down any retreat in the event of a battle going badly, as pitched battles against the Romans more often than not did.

    The secret to the Germanic success in avoiding Roman rule lay largely in the fact that Germania consisted mainly of vast swaths extremely heavily forested terrain unsuitable for Roman style conquest. Whenever the Romans would approach one of the Germanic villages the inhabitants might come out for a quick skirmish battle, but would then retreat into the almost continuous dense forests that lay all around them, where it was almost impossible for the Romans to find them again in order to fight them. If the Romans attempted to follow the Germanic's in among the trees the Legions would be vulnerable to constant guerilla style attacks which they would not be able to effectively repel, due to not having the space needed to deploy their usual formations. Neither did they have the manpower to leave a garrison in every single town between the Rhine and the Elbe, So having entered a village, almost without resistance in most cases, the Romans would then be forced to either move further into Germanic territory and risk being repeatedly ambushed or else retreat to more secure ground.

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    some of the Gauls and Britons would have looked similar but the Gauls would have i think been taller and fairer than the British Celts
    If I remember correctly Strabo claimed that the Britons were taller and thinner than the Gauls, but at the same time darker haired.

    I think it's possible that the Gauls Strabo was familiar with had a Borreby element among them (mixed with the more significant Bronze Age Dinarid element). If the Britons instead of this Borreby had a tall Atlanto-med strain (which was almost certainly the case), I think this explains the difference.

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    i think of the Gauls more close to the Late Roman age Germanic peoples, but more musical and louder drinkers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhydderch View Post
    Yes, although on the other hand, it's difficult to know exactly what Gaulish culture was like. It's quite likely that French culture has a lot more Gaulish influence than one might realise.

    In fact I wouldn't be surprised if the Gaulish influence is at least as strong as the Roman in many respects.
    Mud huts... skulls of those they had killed in battle hanging on the walls. They rode horse into battle with heavy leather coats of many colors for armor, long swords and spears. Hung the heads of those killed in battle around the neck of the horse. The Roman feared the Gauls. Human sacrifice to there Gods... invading Macedonia for pay they eat the children of the Greeks. Caesar warned that should the Gauls ever gain a seat in the Senate Rome would be in grave danger.

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    I live in Germany near Luxemburg. Less then 400 meters from my home is a Celtic/Gaul ruin. Within 20 KM's there are at least 30 more. These are said to have belonged to the Treveri Tribe. I have visited most of them. A fantastic study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soldier of Wodann View Post
    Hmmm not as far as I know. I don't recall the descriptions of them mentioning bue eyes or fair hair or anything of the sort, but I DO distinctly remember them saying that the Britons (quite closely related to the Gauls) often, if not most of the time, had dark hair and dark eyes. The tall thing is true though, I do remember that from The Conquest of Gaul.
    "Their aspect is terrifying...They are very tall in stature, with rippling muscles under clear white skin. Their hair is blond, but not naturally so: they bleach it, to this day, artificially, washing it in lime and combing it back from their foreheads. They look like wood-demons, their hair thick and shaggy like a horse's mane. Some of them are clean-shaven, but others - especially those of high rank, shave their cheeks but leave a moustache that covers the whole mouth and, when they eat and drink, acts like a sieve, trapping particles of food...The way they dress is astonishing: they wear brightly colored and embroidered shirts, with trousers called bracae and cloaks fastened at the shoulder with a brooch, heavy in winter, light in summer. These cloaks are striped or checkered in design, with the separate checks close together and in various colors.

    [The Celts] wear bronze helmets with figures picked out on them, even horns, which made them look even taller than they already are...while others cover themselves with breast-armor made out of chains. But most content themselves with the weapons nature gave them: they go naked into battle...Weird, discordant horns were sounded, [they shouted in chorus with their] deep and harsh voices, they beat their swords rhythmically against their shields. " - Diodorus Siculus, History


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    Well, Gauls built "round houses" out of thatch and Germans built "long houses" out of wattle-and-daub, whereas Romans built out of stone. True, Germany was a subdivision of Gaul, to the East of Belgium. In Germany, Finns, Lapps and Estonians were all considered constituent tribes, but one would naturally find this doubtfully related to the Gauls as Celts. In fact, the term Celt was only applied to the land governed by Lyons, between Belgium and Basque Aquitaine. Other than Belgium and Germany being part of Gaul, so too was Britain, but sometimes Spain, which otherwise was part of Italy. It's difficult to vouch for a definitive relationship between Gauls and Germans outside Belgium. Otherwise, France and Belgium each have a tri-fold identity rooted in Celtic peasantry, Germanic princes and Romance priests. Those three Ps formed the three estates of Europe in many ways, but these were ethnic differences causing a distinct class structure, a bit like the caste system of India. India had a fourth caste, of merchants. Since Germans, Celts and Romans are all Centum and formed the basis for the rest of European society, it might be said that Greeks could fit the role of merchants, Constantinople fittingly the emporium of the West.

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