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The Germanic Peoples (also called Teutonic in older literature) are a historical ethno-linguistic group, originating in Northern Europe and identified by their use of the Indo-European Germanic languages which diversified out of Common Germanic in the course of the Pre-Roman Iron Age. The descendants of these peoples became, and in many areas contributed to, the ethnic groups of North Western Europe: the Germans, Norwegians, Swedish, Finland-Swedes, Danish, Faroese, English, Icelanders, Austrians, Dutch and Flemish, and the inhabitants of Switzerland, Alsace, Lorraine (German: Lothringen) and Friesland on the continent.
The Slavs are an Indo-European ethno-linguistic group living in Central Europe , Eastern Europe , Southeast Europe , North Asia and Central Asia , who speak the Indo-European Slavic languages , and share, to varying degrees, certain cultural traits and historical backgrounds. From the early 6th century they spread to inhabit most of Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans . [ 23 ] In addition to their main population centre in Europe, some East Slavs (Russians) also settled later in Siberia [ 24 ] and Central Asia . [ 25 ] Part of all Slavic ethnicities emigrated to other parts of the world. [ 26 ] [ 27 ] Over half of Europe 's territory is inhabited by Slavic-speaking communities. [ 28 ] The worldwide population of people of Slavic descent is close to 400 million, making Slavs among the largest panethnicities in the world.
The Tetrapharmakos (τετραφάρμακος), or, "The four-part cure," is the Greek philosopher Epicurus ' (341 BC, Samos – 270 BC, Athens ) recipe for leading the happiest possible life.