The transition from songs in praise of heroes to the wordless chant is rather awkward and surprising, but it is there. Baritus (or barritus) is almost certainly the correct form; it means roar (of an elephant, for example). Barditus (shieldsong?) has better manuscript authority, but can hardly be correct. Ammianus Marcellinus (16.12.43) has the form barritus.

Note by H Mattingly to Germania by Tacitus

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