Ramus volume 43, issue 1, P94-114 2014 DOI: 10.1017/rmu.2014.5 View full text
Jessica Seidman

Abstract: A first-time reader of Tacitus'Annalsis as unprepared for this shocking description of the Teutoburg Forest as the Roman soldiers who viewed the site themselves. Here, about three quarters of the way through the first book, sandwiched between an unremarkable summary of Roman/German relations and Germanicus' pursuit of Arminius, Tacitus has composed one of the most vivid, horrifying, poetic descriptions in the entire work. The visual details are stunning: a field covered with ‘whitening bones’, ‘bits of weapons…

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