Spotlight Lecture

Enemies of Rome – Arminius – Wednesday 2 March 2022

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

After its defeat of the Carthaginian empire which led to its inexorable rise to power, Rome faced few enemies or lost few wars which truly threatened its existence. Those few enemies who existed, such as Jugurtha or Mithridates, were roundly defeated in wars which only helped to increase Rome’s power. One man stands out for bringing about the largest defeat on Rome since the Punic wars, just when Rome was at the height of its power, in the age of Augustus. Arminius’ annihilation of Varus’ legions at the Teutoburg forest changed European history as Rome withdrew from Germania Magna and largely halted its imperial ambitions. So catastrophic was the loss at site now largely identified as Kalkriese that Augustus refused to replace the three legions lost and was seen hitting his head against the walls of his palace uttering “Varus give me back my legions”. This lecture explores this battle, as well as the enigmatic figure of Arminius, the leader of the Cherusci who fought so well in the Roman army that he rose to rank of eques, only to then forge an alliance of Germanic tribes which ejected Rome from his homeland.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 2 March 2022

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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