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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

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780393326437
Number Of Pages: 256

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Three entire legions of Rome's finest soldiers were slaughtered in the Teutoberg Forest in AD 9. These 20,000 men `represented a quarter of the Roman army stationed north of the Alps. It was a blow from which the empire never recovered'. This accessible study has been written with the aim of restoring the battle to its rightful place as one of the defining battles of European history for, as the book shows, the consequences of Rome's defeat were longlasting. The narrative is a mix; the archaeological evidence from the recently discovered battlefield is always at the forefront. Some of the finds powerfully evoke the horror of that day. This evidence is mixed with that of the few accounts recorded by Rome's patriotic historians and Peter Wells' own `dramatised' version of what might have happened. The battle is firmly placed within its historical setting. Wells discusses, in simple terms, other pivotal events in these first years of empire, before looking at the place of the battle in the Roman psyche and its consequences for Germany. The tribesman Arminius betrayed Rome but for centuries he was a national hero for Germany. There are clear similarities with In Quest of the Lost Legions by Tony Clunn (who located the battle's location) and, while Well's book is a good read and possibly more accessible it is without the depth and sheer enthusiasm of Clunn's account.

Industry Reviews

"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: 1st September 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1