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Arminius the Liberator: Myth and Ideology

Martin M. Winkler


This book deals with the mythical and ideological afterlife of the historical facts concerning Arminius the Cheruscan, commonly called Hermann in German. Arminius inflicted one of their most devastating defeats on the Romans in the year 9 AD, when he destroyed three legions under the command of Quinctilius Varus in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, as it is called generally but inaccurately. The book traces the origin and development of the Arminius myth in antiquity and in nationalist and patriotic appropriations of Arminius-Hermann, primarily but not exclusively in Germany, since the ninet ... More

Keywords: Teutoburg Forest, Weimar Germany, National Socialism, historical myth, nationalism, right-wing ideologies, historical films, television docudramas, historical novels, digital videos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190252915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190252915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin M. Winkler, author