Tacitus on the Germans

  title={Tacitus on the Germans},
  author={William Beare},
  journal={Greece and Rome},
  pages={64 - 76}
  • W. Beare
  • Published 1 April 1964
  • History
  • Greece and Rome
One of the most primitive and genuine elements of Roman religion was the feeling that some mysterious power haunted the dark wood. Germany was pre-eminently the land of dark woods in which the practical-minded Roman faltered and lost his way. There were the woods along the banks of the Rhine, in which we sometimes walked in our student days at the University of Bonn. There was the wooded Taunus range, where we visited the reconstructed Saalburg, a fort belonging to the limes or line of… 

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