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Germani, myth of
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1. Tacitus and his Humanist readers

The various cultural regions of the Holy Roman Empire in the Middle Ages still had very different origin myths. The Latin term Germani was accordingly used in a variety of senses, without referring to any particular ethnic entity [1. 326 f.]. This changed with the rediscovery of Tacitus’ Germania (mid-15th century) and its export to Germany via Italian Humanism. Tacitus described th…

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Hirschi, Caspar, “Germani, myth of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019974>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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