A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman by Christopher B. Krebs

By Christopher B. Krebs

Winner of the 2012 Christian Gauss e-book Award

"A version of renowned highbrow historical past. . . . In each way, A most deadly Book is a so much outstanding achievement."--Washington Post

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little booklet concerning the historical Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis might extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy prior to the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this based and beautiful heritage, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard collage, lines the wide-ranging impression of the Germania, revealing how an historical textual content rose to take its position one of the most threatening books on the earth.

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A. a. 994. 57 Thus Christiansen, in Saxo Grammaticus, vol. I, p. 179, n. 64, describes a ‘protracted viking raid – probably starting in June 994 with a savage attack on Saxony’. He suggests that Olaf Tryggvason and Swein Forkbeard were involved in the attack on Saxony. Peter Sawyer, in ‘Swein Forkbeard and the Historians’, p. 34 and n. 36, mentions this suggestion of Swein’s involvement and says it ‘seems unlikely’. Following the revised chronology of events, Olaf and Swein were already campaigning in the British Isles in 993 and remained there in 994, so they could not have participated in the raid on Saxony and Olaf ’s treaty agreement with King Æthelred may well have instigated the raid.

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An extract from this paper will be included as an appendix to my forthcoming book, The Reign of Æthelred II (the Unready) to support an explanation of economic developments during King Æthelred’s reign. 30 See J. D. Richards, English Heritage Book of Viking Age England, p. 88, illustration 52. See also Sawyer, ‘The Wealth of England’, pp. 161 and 163, for the importance of wool as an export in exchange for silver. 20 Swein Forkbeard’s Invasions and the Danish Conquest of England Figure 4. Expenditure causing high taxation from 991 (1) (2) Year Landfyrd Scipfyrd 991 992 993 994 995 996 997 998 999 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 ✫ (3) Gafol 7 Metsunge (4) Heregeld Reference 22,000 ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE / II Æ 10,000 ✫ ✫ 16,000 ✫ ✫ ✫ ✫ ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ✫ ✫ 24,000 ✫ ✫ ✫ ✫ 36,000 ✫ ✫ ✫ ✫ 3,000 ✫ ✫ ✫ ✫ ✫ ✫ 48,000 ✫ 21,000 ✫ ✫ 72,000} 10,500} ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ASC CDE ** ** ** ASC CDE 1019 ê ✫ * * ** ** ** ê ** Costs not specified.

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