geographical name \ˈnr-i-kəm, ˈnär-\

Definition of NORICUM

ancient country & Roman province W cen Europe S of the Danube in modern Austria & S Germany


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient kingdom and Roman province, west-central Europe. It was located roughly south of the Danube River and north of modern Italy. Originally controlled by a Celtic confederacy, it was annexed by Augustus c. 15 BC. Its rich iron and gold mines were worked by the Romans. Latin inscriptions on coins indicate a Romanized culture. Emperor Claudius enhanced the significance of several of Noricum's towns and recruited soldiers from the area for the Praetorian Guard c. AD 50. The Franks settled there by the end of the 5th century AD.


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