Four Days in September

The Battle of Teutoberg

Jason R Abdale

* Reappraisal of one of the most famous battles of the ancient period.

* A significant defeat for Rome with far-reaching strategic consequences, a major setback to Roman expansion.

* The German leader, Arminius, the mastermind behind this large-scale ambush has sometimes been presented as a German national hero.

* Arminius was a former Roman a
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473860858
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399019682
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
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For twenty years, the Roman Empire conquered its way through modern-day Germany, claiming all lands from the Rhine to the Elbe. However, when at last all appeared to be under control, a catastrophe erupted that claimed the lives of 10,000 legionnaires and laid Rome’s imperial ambitions for Germania into the dust.

In late September of 9 AD, three Roman legions, while marching to suppress a distant tribal rebellion, were attacked in a four-day battle with the Germanic barbarians. The Romans, under the leadership of the province’s governor, Publius Quinctilius Varus, were taken completely by surprise, betrayed by a member of their own ranks: the German officer and secret rebel leader, Arminius. The defeat was a heavy blow to both Rome’s military and its pride. Though the disaster was ruthlessly avenged soon afterwards, later attempts at conquering the Germans were half-hearted at best.

Four days in September thoroughly examines the ancient sources and challenges the hypotheses of modern scholars to present a clear picture of the prelude to the battle, the fighting itself and its aftermath.

About The Author

Jason R. Abdale received his BA cum laude and MA in History at Queens College. He is a specialist in tribal history and culture, with an emphasis on ancient European tribes.


"Abdale's book is one of the most comprehensive on this fascinating subject which was one of the many events that has helped to create the modern Europe we live in today. All in all this is a very good book and easy to read. Highly recommended."

- Military Modelling

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