~ Es wohnten die alten Deutschen ~
These were the good old days on the Rhein River with the Old Germans and the Roman occupiers depicted on this etched pottery stein by Matthias Girmscheid (mold# X40). The verse is from a German student drinking song called, "Tacitus und die alten Deutschen" which derives its verses from a work of the Roman historian Tacitus in 89 AD called "Germanii" (the Germans). This verse is sometimes seen with the word "Germanen" replacing "Deutschen". The letters "SPQR" on the Roman's shield stands for the Latin phrase, "Senatus Populusque Romanus" ("The Senate and People of Rome"). This was the motto of the Roman Republlic and appeared on Roman buildings, coins and banners and armor of the Roman Legions. (Also see translation: Tacitus am Rhein.
Es wohnten die alten Deutschen
auf beiden Seiten des Rheins.
Sie lagen auf Bärenhäuten,
und tranken immer noch ein.
The old Germans lived
on both sides of the Rhein.
They laid on bear skins
and always drank one after another.
Translation: Les Hopper compilation/Roy De Selms
Photo credit: Unknown