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The Battle That Stopped Rome : Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoburg Forest - Peter S. Wells

The Battle That Stopped Rome

Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoburg Forest


Published: 31st December 2003
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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. 16 pages of illustrations.

"Peter Wells conducts us to a hitherto mysterious and myth-enshrouded place...A journey well worth taking." -- Robert Cowley, editor of What If? "Gives the story in clear and engrossing detail." -- Publishers Weekly "Always literate and learned...Wells is able not only to reconstruct a credible analysis of the German strategy, but also to explore the thoughts and fears of the combatants on both sides as the massacre commenced." -- Kirkus Reviews "Wells does an excellent job of weaving the few written accounts, recent archaeological evidence, and his own interpretation into a compelling story that is fluently written and well organized." -- Library Journal

List of Illustrationsp. 9
List of Mapsp. 11
Important Datesp. 13
Prefacep. 15
Ambushed!p. 25
Creation of the Legendp. 30
History and Archaeology of the Battlep. 37
Augustus: Rome's First Emperorp. 56
Varus and the Frontierp. 80
Arminius: The Native Herop. 105
Warfare in Early Roman Europe: Prelude to the Battlep. 125
The Battlep. 161
The Horror: Death on the Battlefieldp. 177
The Victors' Celebrationsp. 186
The Immediate Outcomep. 200
The Meaning of the Battlep. 213
How an Archaeological Site Is Formedp. 221
Roman Weapons Found at the Kalkriese Battle Sitep. 222
Museums, Roman Remains, and Archaeological Parksp. 223
Sources and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 227
Acknowledgmentsp. 239
Illustration Creditsp. 241
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780393326437
ISBN-10: 0393326438
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 31st December 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1