How Knowledge Stopped And Empire Essay

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How Knowledge Stopped and Empire

In the First Century AD, the 17th, 18th, and 19th Legions (a legion was around 5,000 soldiers) of the Roman Army, as well as their auxiliaries, were annihilated in the thick forest of Teutoberg in what was then known as Germania. Germania, which laid just beyond the Rhine, was seen by the Romans as being beyond civilization, and inhabited by backwards, uncivilized people: the tribal Germanic peoples. The land beyond the Rhine was full of superstition and myth to the average Roman soldier. Some of the mythological creatures from horror today come from beliefs of what lied beyond the Rhine. The defeat of the Roman legions—an unprecedented defeat for the Roman army at the time, was made possible by the leadership of Arminius, a Cheiftan of the Cherusci. Arminius was kidnapped at an early age and taken from his family to live in Rome. In Rome, he lived as a hostage for some time, but in the later days of his youth, was made a Roman citizen, received a Roman education, and was eventually trained as a Roman military commander, and given the social status of a lesser noble—an equestrian. As such, Arminius was given the command of a German auxiliary unit and served with distinction under the Roman banners. In the Roman military, non-Roman citizens could enlist in the Roman military as auxiliaries. An auxiliary, does not, as the modern definition indicates, mean that they are somehow supplemental to the army. Rather, there were many cases of…

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