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Suēvi

and Suēbi. One of the greatest and most powerful peoples of Germany; or, more properly speaking, the collective name of a great number of German tribes, who were grouped together on account of their migratory mode of life, and spoken of in opposition to the more settled tribes, who went under the general name of Ingaevones. The Suevi are described by all the ancient writers as occupying the greater half of all Germany; but the accounts vary respecting the part of the country which they inhabited. The name survives in the modern Suabia (Schwaben). See Lehmann, Das Volk d. Sueben (1883); and article Germania.

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