In Quest of the Lost Legions

In Quest of the Lost Legions : The Varusschalcht

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  • Hardback | 313 pages
  • 203.2 x 259.08 x 38.1mm | 725.74g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0754110680
  • 9780754110682

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Major Tony Clunn was stationed in Germany with the British Army in the late 1980s and again in the mid-'90s. While there his passion for archaeology became focused on an area north of the Rhine, where, in AD 9, three Roman legions under the command of Publius Quintilius Varus were tricked, ambushed and annihilated by an alliance of German tribes. It is a battle that arguably changed the course of German history, ensuring that Roman domination of the area did not come to pass and, as Clunn points out, making the Rhine a frontier between Gaul and the area that would become Germany. The exact location of the battle remained unknown so, in the spring of 1987, Major Clunn, using details of findings made in the area by a number of 19th-century archaeologists, began a metal detection survey of the area around Kalkreise. Almost immediately he met with success, discovering a significant number of Roman coins from the period. His painstaking work in the area and his continuing success in finding Roman artifacts led to the establishment of an official archaeological dig there, which over a number of years made important finds, finally establishing the location and something of the nature of the battle. Tony Clunn's book is a detailed account of his detection processes, recording methods and his use of his understanding of military tactics to order his search priorities. This account is interspersed with his own fictional impression of the events that occurred before and during the battle - how the commander Varus was tricked by the German leader Arminius and lured into a meticulously planned trap. Written with a great passion for the subject, this book will be of interest to anyone concerned with ancient or military history and archaeology. (Kirkus UK)
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