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|List of Illustrations||9|
|List of Maps||11|
|2||Creation of the Legend||30|
|3||History and Archaeology of the Battle||37|
|4||Augustus: Rome's First Emperor||56|
|5||Varus and the Frontier||80|
|6||Arminius: The Native Hero||105|
|7||Warfare in Early Roman Europe: Prelude to the Battle||125|
|9||The Horror: Death on the Battlefield||177|
|10||The Victors' Celebrations||186|
|11||The Immediate Outcome||200|
|12||The Meaning of the Battle||213|
|App. 1||How an Archaeological Site Is Formed||221|
|App. 2||Roman Weapons Found at the Kalkriese Battle Site||222|
|App. 3||Museums, Roman Remains, and Archaeological Parks||223|
|Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading||227|
Posted August 6, 2004
In 1979, as a boy on a visit to my Grandmother in Germany, my Father took me to see the statue of Hermann that sits on the edge of the Teutoberg Forest. At that time and later, I inquired where the location of the battle site was, to see it also. I was told that there was no location. It was like a true mystery right out of the history books. Twenty thousand men slaughtered all together in the same place with Roman armor and all the adornments and nobody knew where. No evidence was found in two thousand years. I was astounded when I saw this book on the shelf. Not only had the site been located in the intervening 25 years, but Wells gives us the most comprehensive work ever written on this battle. He doesn't go that deep into the archeological evidence. But I'm not an archeologist. Anything deeper would have been too technical and boring. Wells has woven the story together from three sources; the archeological record, Roman writers, and his general knowledge of warfare. He fills in the gaps with educated speculation. He doesn't inform us when he's doing this, so the reader has to use a critical eye. All writing about this battle is speculative though. The Germans had no writing at the time and only a handful of Romans survived. Each chapter is written like a separate article, creating some repetition. Overall, a good piece of archeological and historical detective work about a battle with repercussions that have continued to this day. Recommended for readers interested in Romans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2003
This must be one of the poorest history books I have ever read. The style is simplistic and the approach unprofessional. Instead of sticking to facts and laying out the archeological evidence from the various digs undertaken, the author has transposed his own images and dialogue into the book and presented it as fact. After struggling through its tedium I thought it better to leave the $25 book in the airplane magazine rack rather than carry it home! Avoid even for $3.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2003
This is a magazine article stretched to fill a book. It is repetitious and tedious. Much of its information is pure speculation. This may be less the fault of the author than a reflection of how little we have in the way of factual information about the battle and its context. No Roman writer witnessed the battle and the Germans had no writing at that time. This is one you'll soon find for $3.00 in the back of your local used bookstore.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.