1. Education

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:


was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

The Celtic and Roman Eras
 Related Resources
• Caesar's Civil War Commentary
• Germany and the Goths
 From Other Guides
• Austria - Europe for Visitors
 Elsewhere on the Web
• LOC Austria - A Country Study
  Around 400 B.C., Celtic peoples from Western Europe settled in the eastern Alps. A Celtic state, Noricum, developed around the region's ironworks in the second century B.C. The Romans occupied Noricum without resistance in 9 B.C. and made the Danube River the effective northern frontier of their empire.

North of the Danube, various German tribes were already extending their territory. By the latter half of the second century A.D., they were making devastating incursions into Roman territories. Nevertheless, Roman arms and diplomacy maintained relative stability until the late fourth century, when other Germanic tribes, including the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, and Vandals, were able to establish settlements in Roman territory south of the Danube. The Roman province gradually became indefensible, and much of the Christian, Romanized population evacuated the region in 488. In 493 the Ostrogoths invaded Italy, seized control of what remained of the western half of the Roman Empire, and brought the Roman era in the eastern Alps to an end.

Data as of December 1993
SOURCE: The Library of Congress - AUSTRIA - A Country Study

The URL for this feature is
This feature is copyright © 2002 N.S. Gill.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.