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Germanic Tribes: The Complete Four Hour Saga
Germanic Tribes The Complete Four Hour Saga
Actor: Hermann
Director: Eric Schmidt
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2009     3hr 29min

The four-part series The Germanic Tribes shows the rise of the tribes of the North; developing from a primitive culture on the fringe of Europe into the heirs of the Roman Empire. For a long time the view of the Germanic p...  more »


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Actor: Hermann
Director: Eric Schmidt
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, History
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/27/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 3hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Excellent Series on Little-known History
G. Burris | United States | 07/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is sad that the other reviewers do not see the value of this series. There is such little material about these early tribes because they did not have a written history. We have to rely on Romans like Tacitus to give us an account. Not to mention that the culture borrowed heavily from the Romans and the Greeks, etc. They didn't live in a separate world and they constantly intermingled. This is an excellent series with a solid foundation in recent research and archaeology."
Great History
L. Chaplya | NY USA | 11/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I enjoyed this series. The Germanic Tribes keeps to a standard of providing evidence for the facts stated, and the videos of the archeological sites are fantastic. I would recommend this to anyone interested in German history or Classics."
Superb presentation of Germanic-Roman contact
Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill, NC USA | 03/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This miniseries manages to give an excellent introduction to the state of archeological and historical scholarship on the contact between Germanic and Roman cultures. The authors present the viewer with a comprehensive picture of how the Germanic tribes might have perceived themselves and how they were perceived by those they came in contact with. This series is relevant for anyone who is interested at all in how the late ancient/ early medieval contact zones between peoples shaped the political, cultural and linguistic histories and literatures of a multicultural Europe."
Rome-barbarian contact
Luis | Chile | 06/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I agree with at least one other reviewer in that this documentary "is more about contact between the two groups, rather than showing Germans as they saw themselves." I also share the view of others in that origins of Germanic tribes are not really examined. Some tribes such as the anglo saxons are not even mentioned. That said, I still recommned highly this documentary as it incorporates some new views (to me at least) in that contact between Rome and peoples living right outside their territorial limits were pacific or of mutual interest, to some extent. Digital reconstruction of towns and fortifications to guard imperial limits are cool and enjoying. Good picture quality, no subtitles provided.