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'Give me back my legions!'

Rome's most humiliating defeat -- and a lesson for America

By Cullen Murphy
May 20, 2007

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IN THE LATE summer of 9 AD, during the 36th year of the reign of the emperor Augustus, a Roman commander by the name of Publius Quinctilius Varus led three Roman legions through the forests of Germany on what he believed would be little more than a routine expedition. In truth, he was heading toward what would come to be ... (Full article: 2154 words)

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