February 22nd, 2009

Underground, Cuba


Today: Plenty of typing, especially the annoying process of transcribing my interview with Arlen Escarpeta... but first, a few vocab words from James Harrington's Oceana:

1. Vavasor: the vassal or tenant of a baron, one who held their tenancy under a baron, and who also had tenants under him.

2. Thane: a man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble in Anglo-Saxon England (especially one who gave military service in exchange for land); a feudal lord or baron.

3. Goth: one of the Teutonic people who invaded the Roman Empire in the 3rd to 5th centuries.

4. Visigoth: one of two main branches of the Goths, an East Germanic tribe, the Ostrogoths being the other. Together these tribes were among the barbarians who disturbed the late Roman Empire during the Migration Period; sacked Rome and created a kingdom in present-day Spain and southern France; one of the "barbarian" tribes that existed in France until ~507 and in Spain until ~711.

5. Lombard: a Germanic people originally from Northern Europe who settled in the valley of the Danube and from there invaded Byzantine Italy in 568 under the leadership of Alboin. They established a Kingdom of Italy which lasted until 774, when it was conquered by the Franks.

6. Vandal: an East Germanic tribe that entered the late Roman Empire during the 5th century.

7. Phylarch: the ruler of a phyle in ancient Greece; a tribal chief, magistrate, or other local ruler.

7a. Phyle: an ancient Greek term for clan or tribe.