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The previously untold story of the watershed battle that changed the course of Western history.

In AD 9, a Roman traitor led an army of barbarians who trapped and then slaughtered three entire Roman legions: 20,000 men, half the Roman army in Europe. If not for this battle, the Roman Empire would surely have expanded to the Elbe River, and probably eastward into present-day Russia. But after this defeat, the shocked Romans ended all efforts to expand beyond the Rhine, which became the fixed border between Rome and Germania for the next 400 years, and which remains the cultural border between Latin western Europe and Germanic central and eastern Europe today.

This fascinating narrative introduces us to the key protagonists: the emperor Augustus, the most powerful of the Caesars; his general Varus, who was the wrong man in the wrong place; and the barbarian leader Arminius, later celebrated as the first German hero. In graphic detail, based on recent archaeological finds, the author leads the reader through the mud, blood, and decimation that was the Battle of Teutoburg Forest.

16 pages of illustrations

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"Always literate and learned....Wells is able not only to reconstruct a credible analysis of the German strategy, but also to explore the thoughts and fears of the combatants on both sides as the massacre commenced."
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"Wells does an excellent job of weaving the few written accounts, recent archaeological evidence, and his own interpretation into a compelling story that is fluently written and well organized."
Library Journal

"Gives the story in clear and engrossing detail."
Publishers Weekly

"Peter Wells conducts us to a hitherto mysterious and myth-enshrouded place....A journey well worth taking."
Robert Cowley, editor of What If?

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Peter S. Wells is professor of archaeology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Battle That Stopped Rome and The Barbarians Speak. He lives in St. Paul.

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L D Tanner
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Excellent In-depth Overview of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest and its Catastrophic Aftermath to the Roman Empire
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2017
The Battle that Stopped Rome by Peter S. Wells is an in-depth historical account of the crushing defeat of three Roman legions at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD. The Germanian chieftain named Arminius led a massive army of Germanic warriors that annihilated... See more
The Battle that Stopped Rome by Peter S. Wells is an in-depth historical account of the crushing defeat of three Roman legions at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD. The Germanian chieftain named Arminius led a massive army of Germanic warriors that annihilated almost 20,000 Roman soldiers. The effect of this battle was catastrophic and ultimately led to Emperor Augustus''s decision not to expand and strengthen a series of military bases along the Rhine frontier. The book was well-written and engaging. It thoroughly discusses the background that led up to the battle and its aftermath. The book provides an excellent overview of the historical figures associated with the battle: Rome''s first Emperor, Augustus; General Commander of Three Roman Legions, Publius Varus; and Germanian Prince and Roman auxiliary commander, Arminius. Author Wells provides an overview of Roman military tactics and the weaknesses Arminius took advantage of. The book also brought out the brutality of the war from both the Germanian and Roman perspectives. The lesson learned by Ancient Rome is a reminder that a smaller, well-equipped army can bring an empire to its knees, as evidenced by the Viet Nam war. I highly recommended this book for any reader who loves Ancient Roman history.
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A Forgotten Battle That Changed the Future
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest is one of those events, that when it happened, didn''t appear history changing, as tragic as it was. In hindsight, it changed Rome''s approach in Germany. Never again was there a full scale attempt to colonize the whole of Germania. Even... See more
The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest is one of those events, that when it happened, didn''t appear history changing, as tragic as it was. In hindsight, it changed Rome''s approach in Germany. Never again was there a full scale attempt to colonize the whole of Germania. Even Germanicus'' campaign to avenge the defeat at Teutoburg did not bring change and Rome would never stray too far from the Rhine. Some scholars try to downplay the battle, stating Rome never intended to conquer Germany - but their actions and campaigns suggest otherwise. Had Germany been conquered, would the hordes from the North never have sacked Rome? Would a Romanized Germany avoided the conflicts with France? Would the world wars happened? It''s all speculation, of course, and perhaps Rome would have never conquered Germany even had they won the battle. However, we do know what did happen, and this battle was pivotal in that history. (This battle is the basis for the German television series Barbarians, which follows the history reasonably well, though the multi-day battle is condensed.) The author prefaces the battle by giving an excellent tour of Roman and German life in that age, making this a great trip back into time. See also Wells'' book, Barbarians to Angels on what occurred after the Empire collapsed.
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Warrior
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Very Good Book On The Battle of The Teutoburg Forest, A.D. 9!
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
This book was very good in relating what historians know of the ill conceived movement of three Roman Legions in Germania in the year A.D. 9. Basically, the German ally, Arminius, led this large military contingent into a well coordinated and executed trap while... See more
This book was very good in relating what historians know of the ill conceived movement of three Roman Legions
in Germania in the year A.D. 9. Basically, the German ally, Arminius, led this large military contingent into a well
coordinated and executed trap while traversing a small roadway through the forest. Here, the well trained and
disciplined Roman Legions, led by Publius Quinctilius Varus, were "bottled up" and could not maneuver into their regular legion formations as they normally did. The German elements used classic "Guerrilla Tactics" to defeat them. It is estimated that a total of over 14,000 legionaries loss their lives within the period of three days. This battle proved the Roman''s were not invincible, but vulnerable to certain battle strategies and tactics.
Overall, the book was well done but, there are other books on the battle that contain more detail (see: "Rome''s
Greatest Defeat: Massacre In The Teutoburg Forest" by Adrian Murdoch, 2006 and reprinted in 2009, also
available at Amazon.com).
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Thomas Buckley
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History brought to life
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2019
I loved this little book. It is focused and explains the event clearly, including what lead up to the battle, and the repercussions for the time and for posterity. It really brings the setting and the moment to life. I ordered the book because I took a vacation to Rome... See more
I loved this little book. It is focused and explains the event clearly, including what lead up to the battle, and the repercussions for the time and for posterity. It really brings the setting and the moment to life. I ordered the book because I took a vacation to Rome last September, and plan on taking a trip to Germany the next, so this was a kind of transition from my reading Roman history to German history. I was so impressed that I plan on visiting the site where it happened as part of my trip. The author did a great job of not only explaining the event, but explaining how he used a combination of written history and recent archaeological finds to research the book. Highly recommended.
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Roman Debacle at Teutoberg Forest
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2016
The Battle of Teutoberg Forest stopped Rome''s continued conweust cold at the Rhine River in Germany and acted to slow advances elsewhere. The aged Emperor Augustus was stricken by the loss of three legions, 10% of Rome''s military power, in an ambush Romans could not... See more
The Battle of Teutoberg Forest stopped Rome''s continued conweust cold at the Rhine River in Germany and acted to slow advances elsewhere. The aged Emperor Augustus was stricken by the loss of three legions, 10% of Rome''s military power, in an ambush Romans could not counter. Romans were very organized, very tough, but were at a loss when confronted by sudden ambush in a situation where they could not organize according to the battle tactics they knew. Author Peter S. Wells taps the archaeological evidence since the actual battle site was found in recent decades, to analyze the factors that led to the battle and its shattering outcome which halted Rome and made a hero of Arminius, in later centuries known as Hermann the German. Excellent account looks at both sides, their weapons, their attitudes, the battle, and its impact in this detailed but very readable account. Highly recommended.
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Joseph Barba
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A story that needs to be told.
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2021
"The Battle That Stopped Rome" is essential reading for anyone interested in human nature and World History. Few stories are valuable on so many different levels. Similarly, this book provides an excellent overview of both Roman and German military history. In war there... See more
"The Battle That Stopped Rome" is essential reading for anyone interested in human nature and World History. Few stories are valuable on so many different levels. Similarly, this book provides an excellent overview of both Roman and German military history. In war there really are no winners. The words "honor" and "glory" will always mean different things to the winners and the losers of each battle...or slaughter. Read the book!
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Michael Herndon
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Good Read
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2021
This was a good read. Lots of information on the Roman & German cultures. This is NOT a history of the battle of the Tetouburger itself, but more of a background to the event, but still a good read.
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Well Presented
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2020
While some chapters are somewhat repetitive to the reader, the author''s tale brings together current knowledge related to this magnificent military ambush of 3 Roman legions. The German success certainly changed how Europe evolved and perhaps was the first step towards the... See more
While some chapters are somewhat repetitive to the reader, the author''s tale brings together current knowledge related to this magnificent military ambush of 3 Roman legions. The German success certainly changed how Europe evolved and perhaps was the first step towards the fall of Rome. I appreciate the acknowledgement of 20th century weekend archeologists who''s years of searching led to the finding of the long lost battlefield. That story is also recommended to the readers.
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Phil
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Well written and very informative
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 28, 2020
This book deals writes about a relatively well known episode in Roman history and goes much further in exploring the subject. We learn about the historical context, both on the Roman side and the "barbarian" side. We learn about the archaeological discoveries and what they...See more
This book deals writes about a relatively well known episode in Roman history and goes much further in exploring the subject. We learn about the historical context, both on the Roman side and the "barbarian" side. We learn about the archaeological discoveries and what they tell us of what has happened (but also where they are limited). The author then explores the consequences of this battle. Overall, I learned a lot in this book, very well written and accessible both to experts and to lay readers like me.
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History confirmed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 3, 2019
The book provided some of the answers but there was a certain amount of speculation due to the eventually recovery of the eagles of the legeons.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 13, 2020
The best book I''ve read on this facet of Roman history. Really well researched and written.
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Definitely recommend
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2021
Very informative and quite shocking and disturbing information Highly recommend
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Reliable and authoritative English account
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2016
I found this in the bibliography of a German book on the Varus massacre.
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