[gothic-l] Re: AncientSites: Sounds cool, but...
- "ingeborg s. nordén" <runelad-@...> wrote:
> > The 'Germania' group on Ancient Sites is discussing setting up aAncient
> > Germanic 'tribe' there. For those who aren't familiar with it,
> > Sites is a themed online community for people interested in ancientknowledge
> > history. Members can choose which 'city' they want to 'live' in -
> > Rome, Athens, Egypt, Tara - and then choose a 'family' or 'tribe'
> > before setting up a 'house' for themselves. It's quite a nice idea,
> > though the enthusiasm of the people there far outweighs their
> > of history, so it tends to be big on friendliness and outward showfree
> > rather than substance. I'm there mainly because of the 20 MB of
> > web server space you get with membership.in my
> "Germanic" and "Celtic" are not the same thing, as anyone who's been
> online rune classes has heard once too often. I know the hosts areless
> concerned with historical accuracy than with providing a *place* forhistory
> buffs to meet. Still, the fact that Germanic and Celtic cultureshave a
> common ancestry (and have influenced each other) is no excuse toimply that
> they are interchangeable. "Tara" indeed!I don't think anyone there has claimed that 'Celtic' and 'Germanic' are
the same thing. 'Tara' was formed because of a very large number of
people who are interested in the ancient Celts - both the real ones, the
new age version of them and popular conceptions of them from various
'Arthurian' fantasy novels. When it emerged that there were also a
(much smaller) number of people interested in the Germanics they set up
a discussion board on 'Tara' because it seemed a more appropriate
than 'Egypt' or 'Babylon'.
The discussion about setting up some Germanic tribes on 'Tara' began as
a proposal about setting up a separate Germanic 'city' alongside 'Tara'
for precisely the reason you mention - Celts aren't Germanics and
vice versa. Unfortunately AS is already growing too fast and 'the Gods'
have put a stop to any more additional cities until they can consolidate
things a little. Trying to set up some Germanic tribes alongside the
Celtic ones (just over the Rhine I suppose) is a compromise.
> Be that as it may...has anyone in the Germania section added theSvear as a
> "tribe" yet? If they have, count me in--a Germanic reference in myURL
> would sure *look* better for the runic teaching site I currently haveon
> Geocities.I could suggest the Svear, though most of the people on Germania are
interested in the west Germanic tribes - the Cherusci are a big
(something to do with the defeat of a certain Varus I gather). My
suggestions about setting up Ostrogoths and Visigoths has recently got
some support from a leading member, so that may happen after all.