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The Helvetians

Mont Vully. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Helvetians (Helvetii in Latin) was the name for some Celtic tribes. They inhabited the Swiss Plateau. The names of some of the tribes are known, the Tigurini, Ambrones, Verbigeni and Tugini. The Rauraci and Suebi inhabited the regions of Basel, Southern Alsace and Baden during the same period. The other tribes in present-day Switzerland … Read more » “The Helvetians”

A Roman Road without Borders.

Windisch/Vindonissa Museum. Photo/Foto: TES.

The approximately 400 km long road follows the course of the old Via Romana, which connected the Roman legionnaire’s camp Vindonissa (Windisch, canton Aargau, Switzerland),  with the settlement Grinario (Köngen near Stuttgart in Germany). This road is also designated by the Tabula Peutingeriana, a Roman road map. The original map is lost, but a medieval … Read more » “A Roman Road without Borders.”

Bibracte and Swiss History

The Archaeological Museum Bibracte. Photo: TES.

One of the crucial events in the history of Switzerland took place in 58 BC, in the Celtic or Gallic oppidum Bibracte on the Beuvray mountain in Burgundy, near Autun. Cesar stopped the migration or advance of the Helvetians (Helvetii) and some other Celtic tribes from northern Switzerland. This battle between the Roman and Celtic … Read more » “Bibracte and Swiss History”