Tag: Antiquity

The Goths: The History Of A Forgotten Ancient People Of The North

Historical background (ancient history/early medieval history) The Goths were a Germanic-speaking population of Northern Europe who considerably contributed (alongside other Germanic and Slavic peoples of the Migration period) to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD. Their geographic origins are rather debated by many contemporary historians. Although it is clear…


Athletic Vikings – How The Norsemen Started Skiing 6,000 Years Ago

Skiing is a very popular sport in the mountain regions of the world nowadays. It is mainly practiced for fun by many amateurs, but also professionally, and is quite noteworthy for such countries as Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Austria or the United States when it comes to the Winter Olympics. The etymology of this sport…


Cats Voyaged With The Vikings On Their Longships, Genetic Study Reveals

According to the most important study on the genetics of the cats that was presented at the International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology in Oxford, United Kingdom, in late September, 2016, it has been revealed that our cuddly feline companions migrated to Eurasia and Africa concomitantly with the first human farmers. Furthermore, the same research highlights the fact that…


A Brief History Of The Goths And Their Kingdoms

The Goths were an Eastern Germanic tribe which might have quite likely originated on the island of Gotland (from present-day Götaland, southern Sweden) in the Baltic Sea. They spoke the Gothic language, an extinct East Germanic language that mostly faded away by the 9th century AD. They were referred to as ‘Gutar/Gotar’ in Old Norse…


Top 10 Interesting Facts About The Celts

10. The Celts didn’t fight naked As opposed to a widely spread misconception (stemming mostly from Roman texts), the Celts worn sophisticated armours and were quite skillful smiths as well. They were using leather padding and worn both metal plates and mailles. They also used a wide variety of weapons including swords (coming in all varieties,…