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Roman ‘disaster’ shaped Europe of today

2,000 years ago a battle which took place in the forests of Germany between Roman soldiers and “barbarians” has caused reverberations that are still felt today.

As many as 30,000 Roman soldiers, along with countless slaves and families, died at the hands of people they regarded as barbarians, who were led by a man they regarded as a friend.

Did the Varian Disaster, which took place exactly 2,000 years ago and stunned the Roman Empire into a temporary paralysis, mark a turning point in its all-conquering mindset? Does the slaughter in the Teutoburger Forest still affect us today?

Adrian Murdoch, author of a book on the battle, said the shockwaves were immense.

2 thoughts on “Roman ‘disaster’ shaped Europe of today

  1. That’s very interesting; I never heard that story. It reminds me of the British in early USA. I guess there is a time ans place for regimentation, and a time for guerrilla action. One of my favorite lines from ‘Platoon’ is when Sgt. Elias says “I move faster along.”
    It’s the Leitmotiv of my life.

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