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Author Wells, Peter S.

Title The battle that stopped Rome : Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the slaughter of the legions in the Teutoburg Forest / Peter S. Wells.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton, [2003]


Location Call No. Status
 Marlborough, Richmond Memorial Library - Adult Department  936.3 WELLS    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 256 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Bibliography "Sources and suggestions for further reading": pages 227-238.
Note Includes index.
Contents Ambushed! -- Creation of the legend -- History and archaeology of the battle -- Augustus : Rome's first emperor -- Varus and the frontier -- Arminius : the native hero -- Warfare in early Roman Europe : prelude to the battle -- The battle -- The horror : death on the battlefield -- The victors' celebrations -- The immediate outcome -- The meaning of the battle -- Sources and suggestions for further reading -- Appendixes: How an archaeological site is formed ; Roman weapons found at the Kalkriese battle site ; Museums, Roman remains, and archeological parks.
Summary In A.D. 9, a traitor from the Roman military named Arminius led an army of barbarians who trapped, and then ferociously butchered, three entire Roman legions, a quarter of the Roman army stationed north of the Alps. It was a blow from which the empire never recovered. If not for that battle, the Roman Empire might have extended as far as present-day Russia. However, after this disaster, the demoralized Romans ended their efforts to push beyond the Rhine, which remains to this day the cultural border between Latin Western Europe and Germanic Central Europe. Wells describes life within the magnificent city of Rome and on the Roman frontier, puts a human face on the barbarians of lore, and leads the reader through the mud, blood and slaughter that was the Battle of Teutoburg Forest.--From publisher description.
Subject Teutoburger Wald, Battle of, Germany, 9 A.D.
Arminius, Prince of the Cherusci.
Varus, Publius Quintilius.
Augustus, Emperor of Rome, 63 B.C.-14 A.D.
Rome -- History -- Augustus, 30 B.C.-14 A.D.
Germany -- History -- To 843.
Romans -- Germany -- Westphalia.
ISBN 0393020282 hardcover
Standard No. 9780393020281 52495
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