One of the most important nations of Germany, bounded by
the Visurgis (Weser) on the east, the Agri Decumates on the south, and the Rhine on the west,
in the modern Hesse and the adjacent countries. They were a branch of the Hermiones, and are
first mentioned by Caesar under the erroneous name of Suevi. They were never completely
subjugated by the Romans; and their power was greatly augmented on the decline of the
Cherusci. Their capital was Mattium (Maden).