Over four days at the beginning of September AD 9, half of Rome s Western army was ambushed in a German forest and annihilated Three legions, three cavalry units and six auxiliary regiments some 25,000 men were wiped out It dealt a body blow to the empire s imperial pretensions and was Rome s greatest defeat No other battle stopped the Roman empire dead in its tracks FOver four days at the beginning of September AD 9, half of Rome s Western army was ambushed in a German forest and annihilated Three legions, three cavalry units and six auxiliary regiments some 25,000 men were wiped out It dealt a body blow to the empire s imperial pretensions and was Rome s greatest defeat No other battle stopped the Roman empire dead in its tracks From the moment of the Teutoburg Forest disaster, the Rhine, rather than the Elbe as the Romans had hoped, became the limit of the civilized world Rome s expansion in northern Europe was checked and Rome anxiously patrolled the Rhineland borders, awaiting further uprisings from Germania Although one of the most significant and dramatic battles in European history, this is also one that has been largely overlooked Drawing on primary sources and a vast wealth of new archeological evidence, Adrian Murdoch brings to life the battle itself, the historical background, and the effects of the Roman defeat as well as exploring the personalities of those who took part.
Rome s Greatest Defeat Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest Over four days at the beginning of September AD half of Rome s Western army was ambushed in a German forest and annihilated Three legions three cavalry units and six auxiliary regiments some
Varus, Varus, give me back my legions So said Augustus when he received both the news of the loss of the Roman legions in Germany and Varus head in a basket.The battle in the Teutoburgerwald, the rout and almost complete destruction of three veteran Roman legions, is the stuff of legend to those who read Roman history Murdoch s book came highly recommend to me by a source at Historicon this is the veriorum report of what happened to the Roman legions in the Teutobergerwald.
If you re interested in the Varian Kalkriese disaster in AD CE 9, you need to buy this fine textbook by Adrian Murdoch Firstly, there aren t many texts out there on this subject, which is surprising, given that it was one of the greatest defeats that Rome ever suffered Secondly, the ones that are around aren t as well written or presented as this volume This book is firmly based on research, both of the ancient texts and the archaeological finds in Germany, from the sites of forts to the reputed [...]
I like the fact that Mr Murdoch does not draw conclusions where facts or reasonable deduction preclude them, particularly when it comes to the two main players in this saga He does an admirable job of avoiding the various cults of personality around Arminius and Varus, detailing the biases of the day and of the Roman historians that passed down history as they interpreted it By doing so he expunged some of the negatives heaped upon Varus, while fully accounting for Varus complicatedness in the d [...]
This is a topic that deserves far better coverage than it has so far received The author himself says that it is shocking how little is written on it.This is Big picture book ranging from the political machinations of the Roman Empire at the time, the background of the famous Varus right through to the politicisation of the event through history and a nicely detailed description of the discovery of the battlefield itself You would have to give the author 10 out of 10 for research and also for co [...]
I have mixed feelings about this book On the plus side, it is extensive, providing historical context, discussing the literary source material, the archaeological record and its development, and highlighting the impact and cultural appropriation of the battle throughout history The writer is careful to draw conclusions and prefers to refer to academic consensus and or provides the source material with the appropriate caveats for the reader to judge An exception to this, however, is the linguisti [...]
This ended up being both AND less than what I expected, maybe just different After pretty much dicking around near the Rhine river for decades, the Romans got their asses given to them They occassionally crossed the river to see friendly tribes, there were traders going back and forth but the Romans were lulled into a false sense of security because they were.Roman I think After taking too many liberties for too long a former Roman soldier German tribe leader of the Cheruscans decided it was ti [...]
Well written description of the battle and what lead up to it and from it Herman was brought up by the Romans But he decided to lead his people up against Rome and changed history forever The Romans had to stop their settlement of Germany at the Rhein River instead of going to the Elbe as they planned He and his men trapped them in the forest and wiped out three legions it s hard to imagine what that did to the confidence of the Romans.
Has some really interesting info and research on early Germanic tribes and their relationship to Rome But I found the writing to be somewhat confusing and jumpy at times Glad I read it once, but wouldn t read again.
They destroyed everything that they had captured Clothing was torn to shreds and cast away, gold and silver were thrown into the river, any enemy armor was cut into pieces, the tack of the horses was broken up, the horses themselves were drowned in the river, and enemy soldiers were hanged from trees Adrian Murdoch Rome s Greatest Defeat, Pg.118 No booty was allowed to the conqueror and no pity to the conquered, Adrian Murdoch Rome s Greatest Defeat, Pg.118 One of the legionary s last sights was [...]
Fascinating account of what some historians regard as a turning point in western history If Varus three legions had not been massacred, Germany would have become part of the Roman Empire for 400 years at least, and would have learned the values of civilisation, so no Napoleon, no Prussian militarism, no Hitler or so the theory goes The site of the final battle was a mystery for two millennia until a retired British Army officer with a metal detector and a mission found it in the 1980s.
A great view of the Romans and the Barbarians who defeated 3 legion at Teutoburg This went very well with Peter Wells book The Battle that Stopped Rome and Peter Heathers the Fall of the Roman Empire The shock that 20,000 Roman soldiers of 3 Legions was wiped out was incredible to Empire and one can only imagine had the Romans had newspapers how terrified the people would be reading the headlines This is a pretty good book and worth reading.
Good 200 page in depth review of what is arguably one of the greatest battles in history I thought it was well written and flowed easily Good for anyone jumping deeper into Roman history.
Interesting secondary approach as a pivotal moment in the birth of Germany and the early formation of the northern European states.