671 Steinbach Nutcracker Hermann the Cheruscan
The battle in the Teutoburger Wald in
the year 9 A.D. has preoccupied many researchers already.
What a surprise when in 1868 here on
our doorstep near Hildesheim which in Germanic means battlefield a
finding of silver treasure, consisting of 69 valuable pieces for a
banquet, was made originals are now in Berlin.
Is it the “Silver Treasure of the
Roman governor Varus? In fact, there in the North German forests around
the Steinhuder Meer the Cheruscan prince Arminius fought. He was later
wrongly called Hermann. A 56 metre high monument has been erected near
Detmold in his honour and is well worth a visit. In the Schneeberger
Latin school we had to translate Old Tacitus where a worthy memorial for
Arm inius appears in the annals II, 88:
LlBERATOR HAUD DUBIE GERMANIAE,
PROELIIS AMBIGUUS, BELLO NON VICTUS
In English: Without doubt the
liberator of Germania, in battles with varied success, but in war
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