Now, no German and no Slavonic dialects give us either the meaning of the name Decebalus or any name like it.
Those which were Greek and117 Slavonic were saved by the division of the church.
Thus perished Sviatoslav, in spite of his Slavonic name a thorough type of the Varangian chieftain.
Puritan to the core, he yet had proved true to his Slavonic birthright.
In the ninth century every man between the Elbe and the Niemen spoke some Slavonic dialect.
They came as conquerors, but in time were absorbed in the more stable Slavonic type.
Only those eastern parts of Germany which were now occupied by Slavonic peoples remained uninfluenced by this rich civilization.
Kastorsky, in his “Slavonic Mythology,” p. 138, starts a theory of his own.
But next to the Slavonic what tongues are nearest the Lithuanic?
They sprang from the old Slavonic stock, and the Slavonic is very like the Keltic in nature.