ARMINIUS

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Author  William Walling
Publisher  Virtualbookwork Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date   August 19, 2011
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Pages  410

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Roman chronicles cite the feats of a barbarian legionary, later a Roman citizen, and eventually an equestrian knight, who is said to have returned to his his people and led them in a victorious battle that annihilated three Roman legions.

Certain contemporary historians revere this distant figure from the shadows of European antiquity as a liberating crusade; others as, “The noble savage gone wrong.” This tale of Imperial Rome and ancient Germania centers on the travails, defeats and victories of a Germanic tribal princeling Roman scribes referred to as Arminius. A culture hero, and possibly even the Wagnerian hero of heroes, Siegfried, he apparently organized and commanded a tribal army tha successfully annihilated three Roman legions in a crucial battle that conceivably changed the course of European history by making Caesar Augustus leery of resuming the conquest of territory extending from from the Rhine to the Elbe, and transforming it into yet more Roman provinces.

Unfortunately, what little is known of the man derives from sketchy, surviving portions of Roman literature authored by classical historians naturally biased in favor of the Roman empire. Loosely translated, an excerpt penned by noted historian Tacitus tells us, "He was beyond doubt the liberator of Germania. He challenged Rome not in its infancy, like prior kings and commanders, but at the peak of its power. He fought undecided battles, but never lost a war. The tribes still sing of him.”

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