2015 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium
 

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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Suzanne LaVere

Department/Program

Department of History

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

Abstract

My research on the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest examined the short-term effects the battle had on the Roman state and military, and the long-term effects it had on Europe. It is an important episode in history because of the damage inflicted on the Roman army by usually divided Germanic tribes. Roman defeat in this pivotal battle shaped the European world. An examination of the results of the engagement shows that the slaughter of Roman troops carried out by the Germanic people damaged the Roman psyche for years, led to a ruthless revenge campaign by the Romans, and the near deification of Germanicus, the general assigned to restore Roman pride and authority. In the long-term the battle separated Europe into two spheres: the Roman world and “untouched” lands. It also served as a source of pride for the German people, which would eventually develop into nationalistic feeling up into the 21st century. Overall, Roman defeat in the Teutoburg Forest ended their hopes of campaigning further into Germany, and effectively shaped the European continent.

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Arts and Humanities | History

Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest: Rome's Defeat and Germania's Triumph

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