Re: The Varus Film Project - West Germanic names
- Brian Beck wrote:
>So far I have been contacted by two novelists, both German, who are
> Hails Tim,
> It sounds a great idea. I've always been surprised that no
> one has (as far as I know) based a novel or film on this story
working on novels of the Clades Variana. One in particular is
proving invaluable to me - she's currently driving to Kalkriese to
take some photos of the battle site and its excavations.
> The characters of Arminius and Varus will need to beOne of the premises of the whole project is to totally avoid the
> developed to give some depth to the story. The problem with
> Hollywood when they get hold of a story like this is that, to
> paraphrase the journalistic saying, they "never let historical
> stand in the way of a good spectacle".
Hollywood idea that the audience are all idiots. This will probably
mean the film will never get made, but I want to write a screenplay
which tells a good story *without* changing the facts or indulging
in nonsense (like Braveheart, The Patriot or Gladiator).
> As to the names, Segestes - *Sigigastos, shouldn't that beI'll take your word for it - my 'reconstructions' probably serve
> *Sigigastis, -i declension?
to illustrate little but my ignorance.
> For Arminius, another suggestion *Ermanawinjaz, lofty friend (IAgain, my ignorance. Thanks for the suggestion.
> see the point of following Gothic spelling conventions, *Airmana-,
> for Cheruscan).
>However, having said that, I have a problem with theeducation,
> name Arminius. Firstly, the Romans were in general fairly accurate
> at transliterating German and Celtic names into Latin, as far as
> their alphabet allowed. Secondly, Arminius had some Roman
> was a Roman knight and had served for some time in the Roman army.I
> So, I feel that it is likely that Romans who knew him would have got
> his name right. Moreover, as a Cheruscan nobleman, I feel that he
> would have made sure that Romans he came in contact with were made
> aware of the correct pronunciation of his name. For these reasons,
> personally believe that his Cheruscan name was Arminjaz and that theI like Arminjaz - less cumbersome than my attempt. What if I wanted
> name and meaning have been lost.
to retain my hypothetical '-mer' ending though? Would I get
> Another thing which has always puzzled me is that considering theThis was being discussed on soc.history.medieval recently. Maybe
> scale of the victory on the German side, there seems to have been no
> Germanic folk tales or poems about Arminius or the incident which
> survived to be recorded. I don't accept the proposition that the
> story of Siegfried is an allegorical account of the incident.
folk memories only go back so far. The British seem to have
remembered Arthur (just) but forgotten Boudicca and Caractacus (sp?)
> Anyway, the best of luck with your project Tim. Do you have anyHe'd have the right accent I suppose. *g* I was actually thinking
> actor in mind for Arminius? Arnold Schwarzenegger perhaps??
of someone like Ralph Fiennes for Varus though - someone who play a
character who is aristocratic and noble but a bit of an idiot.
Any further help with the names from you or anyone else would be MUCH
appreciated. It's something I really want to get right.
Cheers and thanks for your help so far,