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  •  I understand it in a slightly different way. (14+ / 0-)

    Roman auxiliaries were often Germanic.   The Batavians for example formed an elite legion.  They were stationed in Britannia.    When the Romans came they brought soldiers who settled on the captured land. My gut instinct tells me that "English" as a polyglot German was spoken in Britannia at a fairly early date by retired auxilliaries and their families.
    Angeln just means swampy flatlands in Dansk. Anglia was a swampy flatland.  There are also other words in the countryside that match Dutch words and Danish words.  Hengst means Stallion and in England Hengist is a mythical founder of the Wessex monarchy. A man on a Stallion, a soldier.

    When the Romans ceased to extract wealth from the British isles the locals reverted to their more Germanic style of farming and building.  The old barracks built for the legions gradually turned into identifiably German looking buildings. Naturally so, because most of the people occupying them were Batavians or whatnot.  

    I assume that was a joke about the Romans civilizing the savages right?   They invaded to snuff out the Nationalistic Druids who were organizing rebellion in Gaul. The Romans made a desert and called it peace as Tacitus observed.

    A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

    by Salo on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 11:29:19 AM PDT

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