While they may previously have been friendly towards the empire, or at least neutral, this encounter turns them into implacable adversaries of Rome.
But excellent may not be accurate, or the meaning spans more than that one word. For 'novantes', the Welsh dictionary contains the noun 'nwyf' [m.], meaning 'vivacity, energy, vigour', and 'nwyfiant' [nwyfiannau, m.], meaning 'vivacity, vigour'.
It should be remembered that in Welsh an 'f' is pronounced as a 'v', so 'novantes' could be 'the vigorous'.
According to Asinius Quadratus, they have emerged from the Irminone grouping of Germanic tribes that was to be found in the Elbe region by the late first century AD.
The Alemanni lose the encounter with Antoninus, and are pacified and partially colonised, but only temporarily.
Until at least the sixth century, it is likely that each tribe in the confederation largely ruled itself, with a possible over-king simply providing military leadership in times of trouble (a system very similar to that used by the Roman republic).
As they were located on the eastern side of the upper Rhine, and were therefore close to the borders of the Roman empire, the Alemanni name survives today in the Romance terms for the German people as a whole, such as Allemagne.Emperor Antoninus (Septimius Bassianus Caracalla) tries to dominate and colonise them and fighting breaks out in 213.They apparently live in the basin of the River Main, to the south of the Chatti.They had already been pushed out of northern and central Europe by a mass of Germanic tribes which were steadily carving out a new homeland.The Suevi were situated around the Baltic Sea, east of the Elbe, during the early days of the Roman empire (AD 98).The largest of their tribes included the Bucinobantes, and probably the Hermunduri (broken during the Marcomannic Wars and later absorbed into both the Alemanni and Thuringians), plus the Semnones.