Reallexikon der germanischen Altertumskunde
The Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde (RGA) is an important German-language
German language
German is a West Germanic language, related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. With an estimated 90 – 98 million native speakers, German is one of the world's major languages and is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union....

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 treating the history of the Germanic peoples
Germanic peoples
The Germanic peoples are an Indo-European ethno-linguistic group of Northern European origin, identified by their use of the Indo-European Germanic languages which diversified out of Proto-Germanic during the Pre-Roman Iron Age.Originating about 1800 BCE from the Corded Ware Culture on the North...

 from antiquity to the middle ages. It is edited by the Akademie der Wissenschaften, Göttingen
Göttingen is a university town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Göttingen. The Leine river runs through the town. In 2006 the population was 129,686.-General information:...


First edited 1911–1919 by Johannes Hoops, a second edition has been appearing since 1973, currently edited by Heinrich Beck, Dieter Geuenich and Heiko Steuer.


  • Johannes Hoops: Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde. K. J. Trübner, Strassburg 1911–1919 (4 vols.).
  • Herbert Jankuhn
    Herbert Jankuhn
    Herbert Jankuhn was a German archaeologist and supporter of the Nazi Party...

    , Heinrich Beck et al.: Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde. 2. edition. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin-New York, 1968/73-2007 (35 vols.), ISBN 311016227X (etc.).

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