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A Most Dangerous Book : Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

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When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little book about the ancient Germans, he could not have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis would extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the Germania inspired-and polarized-readers long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard University, traces the wide-ranging influence of the Germania, revealing how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0393342921
  • 9780393342925
  • 263,753

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"...a fascinating perspective..." THE "...the research is deep and the material impressively controlled and narrated. Krebs writes with panache, a vocabulary which puts many native speakers of English to shame..." Christopher Whitton, Times Literary Supplement "Krebs tells this dramatic detective story...very deftly." London Review of Books "...delicious study..." Ferdinand Mount, TLS Books of the Year 2011 "...a most informative book and a most entertaining one." Minervashow more

About Christopher B. Krebs

Christopher B. Krebs, a classics professor at Harvard University, has published widely on the Roman historians and their afterlives. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.show more