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Direct evidence of a large Northern European Roman period martial event and postbattle corpse manipulation
The attempt to push the boundaries toward the Elbe in Northern Germany ended in catastrophic defeat in the Teutoburg Forest in AD 9, with the loss of three legions (4, 5). This historic turning point was followed by continuing Roman punitive campaigns into Germania until AD 16. In the centuries that followed, military relations between the Roman world and the Northern European areas beyond it became a central aspect of political development in Europe. The ferocity of the Germanic tribes and peoples and their extremely violent and ritualized behavior in the aftermath of warfare became a trope in the Roman accounts of their barbaric northern neighbors (6).


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by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 12:42:51 AM EST
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