Heritage of Early European Peoples: Celts, Greeks, Romans, Germanics and Slavs

  • Wolfgang GlatzerEmail author
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Large civilizations were characterizing the European continent in the millennia before and after the year 0. They were partly independent, partly in conflict and partly in cooperation. They had their high times at different points of history, and they have prepared valuable goods and transferred them into modern times. From the Greeks stem theatre, democracy, philosophy and the Olympic Games, the Celts have built the first toll-free long-distance roads, the Romans have organized the Pax Romana, which was a long unique peacetime, Germanic tribes supported in Northern Europe sustainable attitudes towards woods and forest. Not at least the Slavs have shown how to overcome in a more difficult region of Europe and to grow to the biggest European language group.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesGoethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany

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