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The Nightmare is at an End

Contributed by David Verne

There is a panic in Germania Superior, a Roman province on their side of the Rhine, when raiding bands of Chatti cross the river. The legate Publius Pomponius dispatched legionaries and allied cavalry to head off the raid. The Romans split into two columns and ambush the raiders while they sleep. The remaining Chatti found their retreat cut off by Pomponius. He was given Triumphal Decorations for his victory, but the legions were more excited about something else. They freed slaves from the Chatti, former Roman soldiers who had been captured 40 years before, during the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. [1]

My Take by David Verne
Tacitus doesn't say how the rescued soldiers felt after 40 years in captivity, and I try hard to imagine what it must be like to return home after that long. Enlisted soldiers weren't allowed to marry, even though many carried on unofficial relationships with these families acting as camp followers, so there were probably no close family to return home to except for cousins. Thus ends the last chapter of the Disaster of the Teutoburg.

Almost a Jewish Revolt

This year a Roman slave is robbed while travelling in Judea. In response, soldiers are sent to arrest the leading men of the area the robbery occured. While there to arrest the man, the soldiers began to plunder the area. This quickly escalated when a Roman soldier found a Torah scroll, and burned it infront of the villagers while shouting blasphemies. As a result a large crowd of Jews confronted the govenor, Cumanus, who had sent the soldiers, demanding that the blasphemer be punished. To calm the crowd, Cumanus had the soldier beheaded before the crowd.

My Take by Southpaw Ben
Sorry for my week of absence, college started up, and life was hectic as a result. During this time period, Judea was a hotbed of resistance and revolution, as the Jewish religion clashed with how Rome ruled the empire. We will continue hear as various events come closer and closer to lighting off the powder ceg that was ancient Judea.

See Also


  1. Tacitus, Cornelius. The Annals. 

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