Rome's Greatest Defeat
Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest
By (author) Adrian Murdoch
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Rome's Greatest Defeat by Adrian Murdoch
Book DescriptionIn September AD 9 half of Rome's Western army was ambushed in a German forest. Three legions, comprising some 25,000 men under the Roman general Varus, were wiped out by an army of Germanic tribes under the leadership of Arminius. The defeat dealt a severe blow to the Empire's imperial pretensions; no other battle had stopped the Roman Empire in its tracks. Although the battle was avenged, further Roman efforts to conquer Germany met with limited success and the Teutoburg defeat became imbued with superstition. For the Germans, on the other hand, their victory became a symbol of nationalism. Drawing on new archaeological evidence and primary sources, this is the first book to give a full account of this hugely significant battle, bringing to life the battle itself, the historical background, the personalities involved and the implications of defeat.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750940160
(235mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Over four days at the beginning of September AD 9, half of Rome's Western army was ambushed in a German forest and annihilated. This book draws on primary sources and archaeological evidence to bring to life the battle itself, the historical background and the effects of the Roman defeat. It also explores the personalities of those who took part.
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Author Biography - Adrian Murdoch
ADRIAN MURDOCH is a journalist and historian who was educated in Scotland and at The Queen's College, Oxford. Previous books include The Last Pagan (Sutton 2003) a biography of Julian the Apostate and The Last Roman (Sutton 2006) a history of Romulus Augustulus and the collapse of the western Roman empire. Adrian lives in Scotland and is available for events.
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