Arminius the Liberator: Myth and Ideology

Hardcover | November 17, 2015

byMartin M. Winkler

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Arminius the Liberator deals with the complex modern reception of Arminius the Cheruscan, commonly called Hermann. Arminius inflicted one of their most devastating defeats on the Romans in the year 9 A.D. by annihilating three legions under the command of Quintilius Varus in the Battle of theTeutoburg Forest, as it is generally if inaccurately called. This book traces the origin of the Arminius myth in antiquity and its political, artistic, and popular developments since the nineteenth century. The book's central themes are the nationalist use and abuse of history and historical myth inGermany, especially during the Weimar Republic and National Socialism, the reactions to a discredited ideology involving Arminius in post-war Europe, and revivals of his myth in the United States. Special emphasis is on the representation of Arminius in visual media since the 1960s: from paintingand theater to cinema, television, and computer animation.

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Arminius the Liberator deals with the complex modern reception of Arminius the Cheruscan, commonly called Hermann. Arminius inflicted one of their most devastating defeats on the Romans in the year 9 A.D. by annihilating three legions under the command of Quintilius Varus in the Battle of theTeutoburg Forest, as it is generally if inac...

Martin M. Winkler is University Professor and Professor of Classics at George Mason University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019025291X

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List of IllustrationsAdagesPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: History, Myth, MediaHistory as Myth and IdeologyThe Fate of History in the Time of the ImageI. From History to Myth to Ideology1. Origins of Myth: Arminius in Ancient Literature and in German Scholarshipa. Ancient Historians and Poetsb. Modern Historians2. Backgrounds to Twentieth-Century Ideologya. Theme and Variations: Arminius from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuriesb. Arminius' Largest Monument: The Hermannsdenkmal3. Arminius in National Socialisma. From Nationalism to National Socialismb. Arminius Conscripted into "Break-Through Battle"c. Arminius and Hitlerd. Excursus: Hitler as CoriolanusII. Ideological Victories: The Defeat of Varus on the German Screen4. Nationalism at a Boil: Die Hermannschlachta. Arminius' First Screen Appearanceb. Patriotic Poetry at the Premierec. "Hail Arminius! Savior of Germany!"d. Contemporary Reactionse. Critical Assessment5. National Socialism: Romans and Germans in Ewiger Walda. Cinema for the Volkb. The German Forest Defeats Romec. Homo cinematicus et ideologicus Views HistoryIII. The Death and Resurrection of Ideology6. Historical Myth on Screen in the 1960s: With and Without Ideologya. Romans and Barbariansb. The Liberator Liberated from Ideology: Il massacro della foresta nera7. Against Ideology: History Exorciseda. Anselm Kiefer and the Cleansing of Mythb. Claus Peymann: The Empty Worldc. Arminius on the Postmodern Screen: Die Hermannsschlachtd. Background: Hermann and Tacitus in German Humore. Screen Comedy: Hermann the Bavarian and the Fall of Rome8. After Ideology: History as Infotainmenta. Home Schooling: History Lessons on Televisionb. Armin's Arminius: History for Kidsc. Sir Arminius, the Toff9. History Without Ideology: Media and Spectaclea. Parallel Heroic Narratives: Novels and Filmsb. Will Arminius Conquer the Screen Again?c. Arminius Animated10. Arminius in the New Worlda. George Washington as American Arminiusb. Arminius and White SupremacyAppendices:1. The Chief Ancient Accounts of the Defeat of Varusa. Velleius Paterculus, Compendium of Roman History 2.117.2-120.5b. Florus, Epitome of Roman History 2.30 [4.12.29-39]c. Cassius Dio, Roman History 56.19-22.22. The Lyrics of Die alten Deutschen3. Paul Warncke, Vorspruch zum Hermannsfilm4. The Main Texts of the Program Book for Die Hermannschlacht5. Two Poems Addressing Hitler During His Election Campaign6. The Nazi-Era Lyrics of Gab's darum eine Hermannschlacht?7. Text Excerpts: Hermann and the Hitler YouthBibliographyIndex

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"Professor Winkler's book offers an object lesson in the use and abuse of the 'national hero.' This study makes a large corpus of German scholarship more accessible to the anglophone world, and will no doubt be an important resource for scholars of history, reception, media and politicalscience." --David Cuff, Ryerson University and York University