Watched Places

Ancient Germany

The Ancient Teutonic World


Though ancient Germania was much more then one tribe united by language, the Teutonic migrations into the crumbling Roman Empire set the stage for the transformation of Europe

Ancient Egypt

The Ancient Egyptian World


By the time Romans had conquered Egypt in the first century, the Pharaohs had already ruled for almost Four Thousand years

Ancient Romania

The Ancient Carpathian Tribes


First the Thracians, and later the Dacians fought to maintain their unique culture in the mountains of the southern Carpathian basin, eventually adopting a language of their Roman conquerors

Ancient South Africa

The World of the Ancient Zulu


South Africa is home to one of the greatest warrior nations in African history, the Zulu, who forged an empire in the early 19th Century

Ancient Spain

The Ancient Celtiberian World


The Celtiberians were the original inhabitants of Spain, and were a mixture of of a Celtic and indigenous Iberian people with a distinct early European culture

Ancient Armenia

The Ancient Armenian Kingdoms


First mentioned in the Bible, the ancient
Kingdom of Armenia was among the first nations to convert to Christianity, tracing a national lineage for more the three thousand years

Ancient Hungary

The Ancient Huns and Magyars


The masters of the Steppe, the Huns blazed a trail into Europe early in the first Millennium to become one of the most powerful tribes of central Europe

Ancient Philippines

The Ancient Philippine Archipelago


The more then seven thousand islands that make up the Philippine Archipelago are home to one of the most diverse cultural regions of the ancient southeast Asian world

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Under founding of denmark the picture of a statue is not gorm the old, but holger danske/ ogier the dane.
Holger Danske is normally regarded as a Danish national symbol. He is first mentioned in literature as one of the French king Charlemagne’s warriors in La Chanson de Roland from around 1060. In this Chanson he is called Oger le Danois, his name being the only link to Denmark. In the later epos La Chevalerie d’Ogier de Danemarche (1200-1215) he is portrayed as the main character and is described as a son of the Danish king Gudfred (d. 810), an enemy of Charlemagne.

His first appearance in Nordic literature is in the saga Karlemagnússaga from the latter part of the 1200s, which in the main consists of passages translated from French texts. His name here is given as Oddgeir danski. This saga was translated into Danish during the 1400s and thereafter Holger Danske became part of Danish folklore with several accounts in the Danish Chronicle first published around 1509.

The Danish national writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1845 wrote the fairytale Holger Danske, where he is described as sitting fast asleep in the casemates of the Castle of Kronborg, with his beard having grown into the table in front of him and his sword in his lap, prepared to wake up to action in case of Denmark being threatened from outside forces. Today his statue can be seen in the casemates of Kronborg as described by Hans Christian Andersen.

During the German occupation of Denmark in 1940-45 one of the principal partisan organizations was named after Holger Danske.

in Ancient Denmark