The Importance of Barbarian Retinues for the Transitional Period between Antiquity and the Middle Ages


LACIAK Martin Vladislav

Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The content of this presentation was focused on the importance of barbarian retinues during the transitional period between antiquity and the Middle Ages. Firstly I started with a brief description of barbarian retinues according to ancient sources. Then I continued with the introduction of the most influential aspects of barbarian retinues for this period and for the subsequent development of the medieval world. For example, how the state-forming function of barbarian retinues, which was closely tied to their chieftain, (princess, dux, iudex, ???????? etc.) helped with the transformation of the tribal societies of Germanic tribes into the first “barbarian” Germanic states, or how the necessity of warfare in order to maintain the power of the chieftain conditioned the increased occurrence of raiding expeditions, which subsequently triggered waves of migrations across Europe.
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