The Battle That Stopped Rome

Written by Peter S. Wells
Review by Trudi E. Jacobson

Wells uses archaeological evidence, much of it new, to revisit the Teutoburg Forest battle in A.D. 9 between Roman troops under Publius Quinctilius Varus and Germanic tribes under the leadership of Arminius. This battle was decisive in its effect on Roman imperial policy, but existing accounts are biased, written only by Romans or Greeks (and in some cases centuries after the event). The book is marred by the author’s unfortunate habit of repetition, due in part to chapters that are divided thematically.