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The TEUTONS ( Latin
Latin
: Teutones, Teutoni) were a Germanic tribe or Celtic tribe mentioned by Greek and Roman authors, notably Strabo
Strabo
and Marcus Velleius Paterculus . According to a map by Ptolemy
Ptolemy
, they originally lived in Jutland
Jutland
, which is in agreement with Pomponius Mela , who placed them in Scandinavia
Scandinavia
(Codanonia), implying that they may have originally inhabited both regions previously—although there was disagreement between these scholars as to whether or not they were related to the Celts.

Rather than relating directly to this tribe, the broad term, Teutonic peoples or Teuton in particular, is used now to identify members of a people speaking languages of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Mass suicide of the women of the Teutones * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

In the late second century BC, many of the Teutones, under their leader Teutobod as well as the Cimbri
Cimbri
, migrated from their original homes in southern Scandinavia
Scandinavia
and on the Jutland
Jutland
peninsula of Denmark , south and west to the Danube
Danube
valley, where they encountered the expanding Roman Republic
Roman Republic
. The Teutones and Cimbri
Cimbri
were recorded as passing west through Gaul
Gaul
before attacking Roman Italy . After decisive victories over the Romans at Noreia and Arausio in 105 BC, the Cimbri
Cimbri
and Teutones divided forces and were then defeated separately by Gaius Marius
Gaius Marius
in 102 BC and 101 BC respectively, ending the Cimbrian War
Cimbrian War
. The defeat of the Teutones occurred at the Battle of Aquae Sextiae (near present-day Aix-en-Provence ). Some of the surviving captives were reported to have been among the rebelling Gladiators in the Third Servile War .

The linguistic affinities of the Teutones are a matter of dispute amongst historians. Their name is Celtic in form and many writers believe that the Teutones really were Celts
Celts
, however, a people of this name are mentioned by the early traveller, Pytheas
Pytheas
, as inhabitants of the northern ocean coasts. Strabo
Strabo
and Marcus Velleius Paterculus, moreover, classify them as Germanic peoples , and this is perhaps a more probable view, although the distinction between Celts and Teutones is not clearly realized by some earlier historians. If the Teutones really came from the same quarter as the Cimbri, it is possible that their name may have been preserved in the Thyland or Thythsyssel regions, found in the far north-west of Jutland.

MASS SUICIDE OF THE WOMEN OF THE TEUTONES

According to the writings of Valerius Maximus
Valerius Maximus
and Florus , the king of the Teutones, Teutobod, was taken in irons after the Teutones were defeated by the Romans. Under the conditions of the surrender, three hundred married women were to be handed over as Roman slaves. When the matrons of the Teutones heard of this stipulation, they begged the consul that they might instead be allowed to minister in the temples of Ceres and Venus . When their request was denied, the Teutonic women slew their own children. The next morning, all the women were found dead in each other's arms, having strangled each other during the night. This act passed into Roman legends of Teutonic fury .

SEE ALSO

* Furor Teutonicus * Teutonic * Theodisca

REFERENCES

* ^ A B Waldman, Carl; Mason, Catherine (2006). "Teutons". Encyclopedia of European Peoples. Infobase Publishing. pp. 797–798. ISBN 1438129181 . Retrieved May 25, 2013. * ^ Strauss, Barry (2009). The Spartacus War. Simon and Schuster. pp. 21–22. ISBN 1-4165-3205-6 . * ^ A B C D Chisholm 1911 , p. 673. * ^ Lucius Annaeus Florus , Epitome 1.38.16–17 and Valerius Maximus, Factorum et Dictorum Memorabilium 6.1.ext.3

* Fick, August, Alf Torp and Hjalmar Falk: Vergleichendes Wörterbuch der Indogermanischen Sprachen. Part 3, Wortschatz der Germanischen Spracheinheit. 4. Aufl. (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht), 1909.

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