The Battle That Stopped Rome: Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoburg Forest
The previously untold story of the watershed battle that changed the course of Western history.
In AD 9, a Roman traitor led an army of barbarians who trapped and then slaughtered three entire Roman legions: 20,000 men, half the Roman army in Europe. If not for this battle, the Roman Empire would surely have expanded to the Elbe River, and probably eastward into present-day Russia. But after this defeat, the shocked Romans ended all efforts to expand beyond the Rhine, which became the fixed border between Rome and Germania for the next 400 years, and which remains the cultural border between Latin western Europe and Germanic central and eastern Europe today.
This fascinating narrative introduces us to the key protagonists: the emperor Augustus, the most powerful of the Caesars; his general Varus, who was the wrong man in the wrong place; and the barbarian leader Arminius, later celebrated as the first German hero. In graphic detail, based on recent archaeological finds, the author leads the reader through the mud, blood, and decimation that was the Battle of Teutoburg Forest.
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THE BATTLE THAT STOPPED ROME by Peter S. Wells. Mr. Wells is “professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota and the author of the award-winning THE BARBARIANS SPEAK.” According to accounts ... Read full review
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The Battle of Teutoberg Forest stopped Rome's continued conweust cold at the Rhine River in Germany and acted to slow advances elsewhere. The aged Emperor Augustus was stricken by the loss of three ... Read full review
THE HORROR DEATH ON THE BATTLEFIELD
THE VICTORS CELEBRATIONS
THE IMMEDIATE OUTCOME
THE MEANING OF THE BATTLE
1 How an Archaeological Site Is Formed
2 Roman Weapons Found at the Kalkriese Battle Site
3 Museums Roman Remains and Archaeological Parks
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