A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

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W. W. Norton, Incorporated, Aug 27, 2012 - History - 303 pages
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A classics professor at Harvard University traces the 500-year history and wide-ranging influence of the Roman historian's unflattering book about the ancient Germans that was eventually extolled by the Nazis as “a bible.” 20,000 first printing.

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

An excellent treatment of the use and abuse of Tacitus' Germania from the time of its composition through the Nazi era. Krebs ably recounts the various ways the text was shaped, adapted, and ... Read full review

A MOST DANGEROUS BOOK: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

On the scholarly trail of a first-century CE Latin text that became the bible of the Nazi party.Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus' short early work Germania, written just after the reign of the tyrant ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Christopher B. Krebs, a classics professor at Harvard University, has published widely on the Roman historians and their afterlives. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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