Some Remarks on the Moon Cult of Teutonic Tribes

C.N. Ruggles (ed): Archaeoastronomy in the 1990. Loughborough: Group D Publications Ltd. 98-107.

9 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2015

Date Written: July 14, 1993

Abstract

In the sixth century, most of the Carpathian Basin was under Jurisdiction of two warlike Teutonic tribes. The eastern part, called Tiszannll, had been occupied by the Gepids since AD 300, but the Longobards came into North Pannonia from the delta of Elbe only after the death of Theodoric the Great. The tribes were preparing for a battle.Prokopius, a contemporary, writes about this battle in his' Bellum Gothicum'. He tells an odd story of something that happened to both armies at the same time. The two camps were not far from each other but still out of sight, when a helter-skelter flight broke out and without any cause the soldiers ran away, with only the chieftans and their escorts remaining.

In this paper, I shall consider a possibility that a lunar eclipse occurred and caused headlong fear amongst the armies. Evidence in support of this idea comes from Roman accounts and from Teutonic mythology. Astronomical and historical evidence then seem to confirm the date of 549 as that of the battle.

Suggested Citation

Pasztor, Emilia, Some Remarks on the Moon Cult of Teutonic Tribes (July 14, 1993). C.N. Ruggles (ed): Archaeoastronomy in the 1990. Loughborough: Group D Publications Ltd. 98-107.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2630721

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