In the last century or two BC, European tribes began to migrate around the continent in search of better land. The Cimbri, a Germanic/Celtic people originating in what is now Denmark, left their northern homeland and wandered south and west, elbowing other tribes out of the way wherever they went. Soon they were stepping on the toes of Roman allies, who asked the legions for help. What followed was a decade known as the Cimbrian Wars, in which the Cimbri basically spanked the Romans every time they met—battle after battle ended either in Roman defeat or stalemate, while the Cimbri and their allies continued to get their pillage on across vast sections of Europe.
|map of the Cimbrian Migrations, from Wiki Commons|
|Marius paraded in triumph, from Wiki Commons|
|Germanic warrior circa 1st century BC, |
from Germanics and Dacians by Peter Wilcox
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