Once again something from Antiquity! Now when most people hear the word “Celtic” they probably think of something British or Irish, however the Celts were spread through big parts of Europe with the predominantly “Celtic” regions being France, Southern Germany and Austria.
Our Celtic girl here would be from the Kingdom of Noricum, which existed since the 3rd century BC. As the northern neighbors of the roman republic they were valuable trade partners since they had a ready resource of gold, iron and salt. What’s more the Norici where known to be expert metal workers – the “Noric steel” they exported soon became the main material for roman weapons. The quality of this “ferrum noricum” was proverbial and the term was often used by poets to express how hard something was.
In the 2nd Century BC the Kingdom became a target for invading Germans and the Norici called the Romans for help. The result was one of the worst Roman defeats at the battle of Noreia.
The relationship between the Celts of Noricum and the Romans remained friendly, and King Voccio even sent troops to assist Julius Caesar in 49 BC. So as you might imagine the transformation from Celtic Kingdom to Roman Province went over peacefully.
The dress depicted here was typical for the people of Noricum before and after the Roman takeover, as its depiction on tombstones suggests. The most characteristic part is the headwear known as a “noric cap” which was tied at the back of the head and was sometimes combined with a veil. As seen here www.ubi-erat-lupa.org/img/monu…
Oh and one last thing: Never, and I mean Never, under no circumstances ask an Austrian Archaeologist where Noreia is located.
Its interesting how diverse celtic response to Romans were, some allied with them and Romanized, other fought till the bitter end... and parts of them actually survived the great migration...
The norici seems like nice folks especially this 'Irish' Alpine lassy XD
Its really interesting to see how people working in the rich metal 'industry' brought elements and the pride of it into their traditional clothing, with the belt here, they are not super rich or civilized, yet their envolvment in metal works shines trought. The later new commers, German and Slavic tribes just had nothing like that, I think its such a missing piece of folk wears in these moderner cultures.
Thanks for the iformative description as always!
Yes, I believe they were even less homogenous than germans when it comes to relations with romans.
Haha thank you
Metal industry as it seems has always been a source of power - this goes back even to the late stone age (with Ötzi and all that)
You are very welcome - it is always the most fun to write the descriptions
Once again because they were pretty widespread.
you are welcome!
Well it still is a nice touch and I miss it from our culture.
Its also always fun to read them.
I am glad you think so - its always tricky to figure out the perfect length for a description.
The longer the better xD at least from my point of view
I will do my best
Good to hear, I shall be waiting for more.
hehe, the location of Noreia seems as "elusive" for the Austrians as Alesia is for the French (though it seems for different reasons )
Ah, yes that is a good comparison. True, the reasons are different - it has more to do with the History of Archaeology than with national History
of Celtic culture...
I'm quiet interested. Do you have any interesting links
to share about Celtic culture, by any chance?
the best I can or use Google translate on Chrome. Thanks again!
I'm very interested in which project you may have about this.
Please let me know.
our ancient Aryan lineage and I came to the
conclusion that Celtic culture represents a major
piece in understanding our ancient Indo-Aryan
past in terms of cult, history and people.
If I ever get to make a decent work out of it, I will
probably post it in the "history-rocks" group.
The day has not arrived where anthropologists, geneticists and linguists will agree.
Europe was populated by waves.
Neolithic ethnic groups whose know almost nothing, pre-Celtic population (Hallstatt) and Celtic (La Tene, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Cappadocia), Germanic, etc., this for northern Europe.
As for the south, with the Mediterranean Sea as a highway, it is even more unclear.
nd what about the Neanderthals? Geneticists have proven that we could between 2% and 7% of their genes ...
I wish you good luck.
What about Noreia? where is it?
well... nobody knows where Noreia is. A lot of Archaeologists have tried to find it and everyone has his own theory where it is. Arguments can get very heated - especially in Carinthia the individual archaeologists hate each other because of this subject (if you are weary of life you walk up to them and claim Noreia is in Slovenia ) Several times Noreia has been "found". In fact the the last time it was "found" was last week www.krone.at/Wissen/Koenigssta… (the headline translates: City of Noreia found in Carinthia?