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Colonia Ulpia Traiana

(399 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: | Coloniae Roman colony on the left side of the Lower Rhine, modern Xanten, on a low terrace between two Rhine branches in an area only suited to a limited extent for cultivation. While early signs of settlement from the 4th or 3rd cents. BC indicate no continuity with the Roman period, a favoured central location of the  Cugerni already arose there at the turn of the millennium because of the proximity of the legion camp of  Vetera. According to Tac. Hist. 4,22,1, the settlement was set up in the 60s of the 1st cent. AD ‘in the style of a   mu…

Nava

(222 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] A left hand tributary of the Rhine. It flows into the Rhine near Bingium (Auson. Mos. 1: ‘the rushing N.’), present-day Nahe. In early Roman times the Celtic Treveri tribe lived in the area of the N., where there is evidence of some oppida. Under Augustus the Germanic Vangiones were settled along the middle and lower N. The area was then added to the upper Germanic army district. The region by the upper reaches of the N. was part of Belgica. In the middle of the 5th cent. AD the Franci settled mainly in the lower valley of…

Mattiaci

(416 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] A tribe that settled in Wetterau and Taunus during the Imperial period. The Celtic name is associated with Mattium, the main city of the Chatti (cf. Ptol. 2,11,14: Ματτικόν; Mattikón). It is debated whether the M. were a sub-tribe of the Germanic Chatti which had already separated from them during the Augustan period, and settled in the above-mentioned area with Roman permission (for earlier research, cf. [1; 2. 52-57; 3]), or whether the M. are those mentioned as having defected because of the destruction of…

Silva Marciana

(43 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] Probably a term in late Antiquity (Tab. Peut. 2,4; 4,1; Amm. Marc. 21,8,2 referring to 361 AD) for the Black Forest, which elsewhere is called Abnoba mons . Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) Bibliography A. Franke, s. v. Marciana silva, RE 14, 1504 f.

Lupia

(340 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] A. Geography and tradition Righthand tributary flowing into the Rhine a little above Vetera (Str. 7,1,3), modern Lippe. For Mela 3,30, Moenus (Main) and L. are the best-known tributaries of the Rhine ( Rhenus), and these names were used for the most important Roman invasion routes into Germania Magna. Mentioned on several occasions in the course of the Roman offensives into the area east of the Rhine from 12 BC to AD 15/6 (Cass. Dio 54,33,1-4; Tac. Ann. 1,60,3; 2,7,1). In AD 70 the c…

Ubii

(479 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] Germanic tribe (Caes. B Gall. 4,3,3; Tac. Germ. 28,4; Tac. Hist. 4,28,1; 4,64), settled in Caesar's time on the right bank of the Rhine (Rhenus [2]) between the lower La(u)gona (modern Lahn) and Taunus. Displaced by the Suebi, the U. allied with Caesar in 55 BC (Caes. B Gall. 4,8,3; 16,5-8). Caesar's Rhine crossings in 55 and 53 BC probably took place from the Neuwieder Becken in the territory of the U. The history and chronology of their resettlement on the left bank of the Rhine…

Sugambri

(231 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] People of the Germanic Istaevones (Plin. HN 4,100) on the right bank of the Rhenus [2] opposite the Eburones and between the Ubii and the Bructeri. To the east, they bordered on the Chatti and the Cherusci. In 55 BC they absorbed the the Usipetes and the Tencteri, whom Caesar had defeated, and crossed the river into their territory (Caes. B Gall. 4,16-19; Plut. Caesar 22; Cass. Dio 39,48,3-5). In 53 BC …

Nicer

(181 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] Right-hand tributary of the Rhine, modern Neckar, whose course has changed many times, primarily around its mouth. From the La Tène period (La Tène culture) the region was inhabited by Celts. In the early Imperial period the lower courses were settled by Elbe-Germani, who gave their name to the civitas Ulpia Sueborum Nicrensium established around Lopodunum (modern Ladenburg) from the time of Trajan. The region around its headwaters and the area between the Odenwald and the Rhine were secured by fortresses from the time of Vespasian…

Saalburg

(461 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] Roman limes fort (Limes [III], with map) north of modern Bad Homburg, on a pass over the Taunus. The small redoubts A and B, generally associated with fortification measures undertaken under the emperor Domitian (AD 81-96) after the war with the Chatti (Chatti), have been hitherto successively regarded as the oldest installations [1; 2; 3; 4]. Redoubt A, with its entrance to the south, may possibly date from the reign of Vespasian (AD 69-79) as a marching or construction camp for sh…

Palas

(93 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] Region in which boundary markers separated the territories of the Burgundiones and the Romans, also called Capellatium; hither, Iulianus [11] led a campaign against the Alamanni on the right bank of the Rhine river in AD 359 (Amm. Marc. 18,2,15). P. should probably be localised around Öhringen northeast of Heilbronn. Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) Bibliography P. Goessler s.v. P., RE 18.2, 2516-2528  W. Dahlheim, Capellatium, in: RGA 4, 1980, 338f.  L. Jacob, I. Ulmann, Kommentar zu Ammianus, in: J. Herrmann (ed.), Griechische und lateinische Quellen zur Früh…

Rhenus

(1,104 words)

Author(s): Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] [1] River in upper-Italy, present-day Reno in Emilia-Romagna River in Upper Italy, present-day Reno in Emilia-Romagna, right-hand feeding river of the Padus (Po), which rises in the Apennines above Pistoriae (Pistoia) and flows past Marzabotto through the region of Felsina (Bononia [1]). In Etruscan times it flowed into the Padus near Voghiera to the southeast of Ferrara, in Roman times somewhat more to the west. Nowadays it flows via an artificial canal directly into the Adriatic Sea. In…

Tencteri

(191 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[German version] Germanic tribe, driven in 58 BC from their homeland to the east of the Rhine by the Suebi. After three years as nomads, in 55 BC the T. crossed the Rhine (Rhenus [2]), defeated the west-bank Menapii, who had refused to accept them into their territory, and migrated up the Meuse (Mosa [1]) as far as the Eburones and the Condrusi. There, Caesar annihilated them; only some of the cavalry escaped to the Sugambri to the east of the Rhine (Caes. B Gall. 4,1,1-4,18,5). In 17/16 BC they, …

Nicer

(141 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[English version] Rechter Nebenfluß des Rheins, h. Neckar, dessen Lauf sich v.a. im Mündungsgebiet mehrfach geändert hat. Seit der Latènezeit (Latène-Kultur) war das Gebiet von Kelten bewohnt. In der frühen röm. Kaiserzeit siedelten Elbgermanen am Unterlauf, welche für die seit Traianus um Lopodunum (h. Ladenburg) eingerichtete civitas Ulpia Sueborum Nicrensium namengebend wurden. Das Quellgebiet und der Bereich zw. Odenwald und Rhein waren seit Vespasianus durch Kastelle gesichert, der mittlere N. evtl. erst seit Traianus (Limes III. Germania…

Germani, Germania

(3,603 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) | Spickermann, Wolfgang (Bochum) | Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam)
G. ist ein in verschiedenen Gegenden Europas und Westasiens nachweisbarer Gemeinname, der mindestens z.T. durch Wanderungen von Splittergruppen verbreitet worden sein wird. Sprachlich gehört das German. zur indoeuropäischen Sprachfamilie (Germanische Sprachen), wobei die Bezeichnung “Germanisch” von außen herangetragen wurde. Entgegen durch romantischen Volksgeist geprägten Vorstellungen, die von einer Parallelität von Sprache und Sachkultur sowie dauerhafter ethnischer Konstanz ausgehen, und en…

Lupia

(291 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[English version] A. Geographie und Überlieferung Etwas oberhalb von Vetera mündender rechter Nebenfluß des Rheins (Strab. 7,1,3), h. Lippe. Für Mela 3,30 sind Moenus (Main) und L. die bekanntesten Nebenflüsse des Rhenus (Rhein), womit die wichtigsten röm. Einfallsrouten in die Germania magna bezeichnet werden. Im Verlauf der röm. Offensiven ins rechtsrhein. Gebiet ab 12 v.Chr. bis 15/6 n.Chr. mehrfach erwähnt (Cass. Dio 54,33,1-4; Tac. ann. 1,60,3; 2,7,1). 70 n.Chr. wird das erbeutete Flaggschiff der…

Salmona

(25 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[English version] Linker Nebenfluß der Mosella (Auson. Mos. 366), h. Salm. Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) Bibliography J. B. Keune, s. v. S., RE 1 A, 1986.

Kastel

(388 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[English version] Röm. Kastell und Vicus Castellum Mattiacorum rechts des Rheins im Gebiet der Mattiaci, h. Mainz-Kastel. Als Brückenkopf sicherte wohl schon seit Augustus ein Holz-Erde-Kastell den Rheinübergang. Spätestens ab Tiberius (14-37 n.Chr.) überspannte hier eine hölzerne Pfahlrostbrücke (ca. 700 m L) den Fluß. Ihr Ausbau in Stein begann vielleicht schon in claudisch-neronischer Zeit (41-68 n.Chr.). Die Wehranlage wurde wohl im Vierkaiserjahr (69 n.Chr.) zerstört, aber bald wieder als kleines …

Nemetes

(270 words)

Author(s): Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[English version] (Νέμητες). German. Stamm, der - nach dem kelt. Namen zu schließen - vor der Römerzeit verm. im Kontaktraum zw. Kelten und Germanen siedelte, jedoch kaum zu den Suebi zu zählen ist. Erstmals erwähnt werden die N. neben Triboci und Vangiones, mit denen sie auch später wiederholt zusammen genannt werden (Plin. nat. 4,106; Tac. Germ. 28,4; Ptol. 2,9,17), unter den sieben Stämmen, die Ariovistus über den Rhein geführt hatte (Caes. Gall. 1,51,2). Sie verblieben jedoch nicht dort, sonde…

Rhenus

(907 words)

Author(s): Uggeri, Giovanni (Florenz) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[English version] [1] Fluß in Ober-Italien, h. Reno in der Emilia-Romagna Fluß in Ober-It., h. Reno in der Emilia-Romagna, rechter Zufluß des Padus (Po), der im Appenninus oberhalb von Pistoriae entspringt und an Marzabotto vorbei durch das Gebiet von Felsina (Bononia [1]) fließt. In etr. Zeit mündete er bei Voghiera im SO von Ferrara in den Padus, in röm. Zeit etwas westl. davon. Er mündet h. über einen künstlichen Kanal direkt in die Adria. Sein Flußtal diente z.Z. der Villanova-Kultur und in etr. Zeit a…

Marsi

(416 words)

Author(s): de Vido, Stefania (Venedig) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück)
[English version] [1] Volksstamm im mittelitalienischen Appenninus Volksstamm im mittelitalienischen Appenninus im Gebiet des Lacus Fucinus (Strab. 5,2,1; Ptol. 3,1,57), galt als tapfer und kriegerisch (Strab. 5,4,2; Plin. nat. 3,106; Liv. 8,29,4; Verg. georg. 2,167; vgl. die etym. Ableitung von “Mars”). Als Nachkommen eines Sohnes der Kirke sollen sie gegen Schlangengift immun gewesen sein (Plin. nat. 7,15; 21,78; 25,11; 28,30; Gell. 16,11,1; vgl. auch Cic. div. 1,132; 2,70; Hor. epod. 17,29; Hor. car…
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