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great ethnic complex of ancient Europe, a basic stock in the composition of the modern peoples of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, N Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, N and central France, Lowland Scotland, and England.
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a Germanic tribe. The Heruli lived originally in northern Europe, migrating to the south in the third century. The eastern Heruli were subjugated by the Huns in the second half of the fourth century; after the collapse of the Hunnic union of tribes, they founded their own “kingdom” on the Danube (circa 500), which was defeated by the Lombards in the early part of the sixth century. The western Heruli were subjugated by the Franks at the beginning of the sixth century.

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ne parlano a proposito della popolazione degli Heruli, considerati da alcuni studiosi etnia protobaltica.
Wolves of the North: Warrior of Rome" is a historical adventure following Ballista, a legionnaire charged with combating the Heruli, the feared tribes preventing the Roman expansion northwards.
117) Rome had abandoned central Colchis to the Lazi by the middle of the 3rd century and the Borani in 258 and later the Heruli in 275-276 faced no naval or military opposition in their eastern Euxine raids.
Tolkien, following Chambers, thought that originally the poet had written the name of a particular tribe, the Heruli (so the line would be something like "egsode erle").
Burned by Heruli barbarians in AD 267, it was restored by Julian in AD 360, and then in 438 Christian priests hacked away at the nude sculptures and crowned the temple with a cross.
particular, the kings of the Ostrogoths, Heruli, Varnes, Gondebaud,
143-144, 151) ascribed the destruction of Room H immediately east of the bath to the Heruli in 267.