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A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

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When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little book about the ancient Germans, he could not have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis would extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard University, traces the wide-ranging influence of the Germania, revealing how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world.

"Fascinating. . . . [Krebs] has a light touch and a dry sense of humor."--New York Times

"Clever, learned. . . . [Krebs] synthesizes a great deal of classical scholarship and intellectual history into a concise, accessible story."--Slate

"It is an extraordinary tale, and Mr. Krebs . . . tells it with great verve and charm."--Wall Street Journal

"A dramatic detective story."--London Review of Books

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"A model of popular intellectual history. . . . In every way, is a most brilliant achievement."--

Synopsis:

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the , a none-too-flattering little book about the ancient Germans, he could not have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis would extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the inspired--and polarized--readers long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard University, traces the wide-ranging influence of the , revealing how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world.

About the Author

Christopher B. Krebs is a classics professor at Harvard University whose academic publications include extensive work on the ancient historians and a recent contribution to The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393342925
Author:
Krebs, Christopher B
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Krebs, Christopher B.
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 illustrations
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the , a none-too-flattering little book about the ancient Germans, he could not have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis would extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the inspired--and polarized--readers long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard University, traces the wide-ranging influence of the , revealing how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world.
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