Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Germanic farmsteads before the Migration Period

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Series:

Lehmann, kulturgeschichtliche Bilder für den Schulunterricht, I. Abt.: Deutsche Geschichte

Timeframe:

Antike

Scene of action:

Unknown

Illustrator:

Gehrts, J.

Publisher:

Wachsmuth, F. E., Leipzig

Year of publication:

1889

Themes:

European history   

The picture shows a Germanic free man and his companion, armed with lances, returning to their farmstead. His wife and children are welcoming them. The scene takes place before the Migration Period (before 375 A.C.). The cow or goat skulls, hanging at the entrance and the fence are pagan symbols. Different hairstyle and clothes of the depicted persons indicate differences in origin form different tribes, Saxons and Suebi and status. The free man is depicted with blond and red hair, whilst his slave is depicted as foreigner with dark hair and skin.