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Around the end of the first century CE a Roman historian Tactius recorded his detailed observations of the early German society Germans at the time were not considered to be as civilized as the Romans referred to mainly as barbarians But Tactius writings about these barbarians show some discrepancy to such a description In fact a hint of jealousy andor admiration can be seen throughout Tactius accountsThese ancient peoples of Germania held far different physical characteristics than the Romans or most peoples of the era for that matter With large body frames light skin blue eyes and red hair they were much unlike the black-haired brown-eyed darker skinned Romans He described them as an unmixed race of which no other was like Here you can see a bit of envy because Romans at the time were becoming less and less pure with a race mixed population increasing each day Another great difference Tactius records in this account is the German tactics of warfare Generals were appointed by merit not bloodline and they led their troops by admirable example They did not lead their troops as soldiers but as kin And that is because they were kin Each battalion was formed of family and clan members not just of random people solely by coincidence And an even greater dissimilarity was the fact that the Germans brought their women and children with them into battle not in battle but close by at the camps What man cannot give his whole heart in battle while hearing his wife and children scream in the backgroundTactius also speaks of the German justice system Crime was publicly punished for example being hanged on a tree whereas infamy was privately buried so it was not imitated And not as sever offenses were punished proportionately to the crime and half of the reparations were paid to the victim of the crime Marriage laws were also extremely varied to that of the Romans and
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