A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
The riveting story of the Germania and its incarnations and exploitations through the ages.The pope wanted it, Montesquieu used it, and the Nazis pilfered an Italian noble's villa to get it: the Germania, by the Roman historian Tacitus, took on a life of its own as both an object and an ideology. When Tacitus wrote a not-very-flattering little book about the ancient Germans in 98 CE, at the height of the Roman Empire, he could not have foreseen that the Nazis would extol it as "a bible," nor that Heinrich Himmler, the engineer of the Holocaust, would vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the Germania inspired—and polarized—readers long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard University, traces the wide-ranging influence of the Germania over a five-hundred-year span, showing us how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world.
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Review: A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third ReichUser Review - Adam Clarehugh - Goodreads
I recently finished Christopher Krebs 'A Most Dangerous Book' the blurb of which states that it is about the roman writer Tacitus on how his book the Germania has been abuse throughout the ages. I ... Read full review
Review: A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third ReichUser Review - Ernst - Goodreads
Tacitus' Germania certainly has made an enormous contribution to the finding of a united "German" identity out of the colourful and variable mix of people and cultures that have settled the German ... Read full review
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