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The Seventh-Century: Before The Gates Of Europe

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The population of Europe, which has grown first at a natural and later at an industrial pace, has not experienced any serious collapse or large-scale transformations since prehistoric times. Our search for the beginnings of the Bohemian nation must take into account one crucial fact: upon their departure for Italy, the Longobards were accompanied by a group or groups of people who called themselves 'Bohemi'. The material culture of the last Germanic groups in the territory of Bohemia and Moravia displays such a high degree of heterogeneity that it could well offer information about the varied geographical origins of its members. Czechs are proud of the ancient sagas of their origins and their arrival in Bohemia, as is evidenced by accounts dating back almost a thousand years. After a long and peaceful rule Samo, Frankish merchant, probably passed away sometime between 655 and 660.

Keywords: Bohemi; Czech Lands; Indo-European language; Moravia; Samo



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