Joachim Sparkuhl’s Miscellany

Speyer

Text Box: Next

Back

Home

CHRONOLOGY 1

ca. 500 BCE

Archaeological evidence of Celtic settlement in the area of Speyer.

10 BCE

A Roman military camp is established at the site of Speyer.

ca. 83 CE

The nearby civilian settlement, Noviomagus, is integrated into the regional municipality of Nemeter—Civitas Nemetum. The settlement reaches the high point of its development about 200 CE.

250

First evidence of wine production in the region of Speyer.

275

The civilian settlement, Civitas Nemetum, is mostly destroyed during raids by the Alemannians.

275-406

The Roman military camp remains and is further fortified.

 

Roman troops retreat from the region about 406.

346 CE

First mention of a bishop (Jessius) for Speyer.

 

406-451

Various barbarian tribes cross the Rhine and raid settlements on the left bank, culminating with Attila’s advance through the region in 451. Any remaining settlement at Speyer is presumed to be destroyed.

 

496/506

Earliest reference to the name "Spira".

 

614

The first unequivocal proof that Speyer had a bishop (Hilderich), who evidently participated in the Nation Council of Paris.