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How Did The Slavs Get To Polish Lands?

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A great deal of attention in the debates on the origins of the Slavs is devoted to the mysterious Venedi people, which is mentioned repeatedly by the ancient writers, and appeared also in the texts of the authors writing at the outset of the Early Middle Ages, especially Jordanes, who wrote the history of the germanic Goths in the middle of the 6th century. The phenomena discussed in this chapter are linked with two events: the Huns' invasion in Europe and the migrations of large groups of people from the area of modern Poland to the west and south where, together with the Ostrogoths, they took part in the occupation of Italy. The material culture of the Slavs from the first phase of the Early Middle Ages became the focus of interest in Poland in the mid-1950s.

Keywords:Early Middle Ages; Poland; Slavs; Venedi



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