Tacittus writing from Germany

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Tacittus from Germany

In Tacittus writings he show many differences between the Romans and the Germans of the ancient world. During Tacittus stay in Germany he noticed that the Germans did not marry people outside of the German race so all of the men looked almost identical. The Germans were also very powerful men that did not fancy in riches like silver and gold, but were more of a barbarians that wanted more to feast on foods and drank much liquor and would have to fight for there pay.

The German believed strongly against marrying outside of there own race or in intermarriages with foreign nation. All of the German men looked the same because of not marrying people from other nation. "Hence, too, the same physical peculiarities throughout so vast a population. All have fierce blue eyes, red hair, huge frames, fit only for a sudden exertion."(270) The Roman's did not have these same beliefs and married intermarried with other nations.

In ancient Germany the men had no choice, but to fight for there country. The only way a man could get his pay was by being in the army and fighting. During his waiting period between wars he would sleep in every day and drink until going back to sleep that night. The Germans were much different then the Roman because of there lack of interest in arts and accomplishing feats outside of war. "To pass an entire day and night in drinking disgraces no one."(274)

The Ancient German people were barbaric and drunkards whose main emphases on life were on the battlefield; while the Roman's had great photospheres and artistes as well as having a great army.