Home Introduction Persons Geogr. Sources Events Mijn blog(Nederlands)
Religion Subjects Images Queries Links Contact Do not fly Iberia
This is a non-commercial site. Any revenues from Google ads are used to improve the site.

Custom Search
Quote of the day: Their strength is in infantry. Some trib
Notes
Display Latin text
Germania by Tacitus
Translated by Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb
Chapter 37: The Cimbrians
Next chapter
Return to index
Previous chapter
In the same winding tract of Germany live the Cimbrians, close to the ocean; a community now very small, but great in fame. Nay, of their ancient renown, many and extensive are the traces and monuments still remaining; even their entrenchments upon either shore, so vast in compass that from thence you may even now measure the greatness and numerous bands of that people, and assent to the account of an army so mighty. It was on the six hundred and fortieth year of Rome, when of the arms of the Cimbrians the first mention was made, during the consulship of Caecilius Metellus and Papirius Carbo. If from that time we count to the second consulship of the emperor Trajan, the interval comprehends near two hundred and ten years; so long have we been conquering Germany. In a course of time, so vast between these two periods, many have been the blows and disasters suffered on each side. In truth neither from the Samnites, nor from the Carthaginians, nor from both Spains, nor from all the nations of Gaul, have we received more frequent checks and alarms; nor even from the Parthians: for, more vigorous and invincible is the liberty of the Germans than the monarchy of the Arsacides. Indeed, what has the power of the East to allege to our dishonour; but the fall of Crassus, that power which was itself overthrown and abased by Ventidius, with the loss of the great king Pacorus bereft of his life? But by the Germans the Roman People have been bereft of five armies, all commanded by consuls; by the Germans, the commanders of these armies, Carbo, and Cassius, and Scaurus Aurelius, and Servilius Caepio, as also Marcus Mallius, were all routed or taken: by the Germans even the emperor Augustus was bereft of Varus and three legions. Nor without difficulty and loss of men were they defeated by Gaius Marius in Italy, or by the deified Julius in Gaul, or by Drusus or Tiberius or Germanicus in their native territories. Soon after, the mighty menaces of Caligula against them ended in mockery and derision. Thenceforward they continued quiet, till taking advantage of our domestic division and civil wars, they stormed and seized the winter entrenchments of the legions, and aimed at the dominion of Gaul; from whence they were once more expulsed, and in the times preceding the present, we gained a triumph over them rather than a victory.

Events: Crassus defeated near Carrhae, War with Cimbri and Teutones: Noricum, War with Cimbri and Teutones: Garonne, War with Cimbri and Teutones: battle of Arausio, Varus and the Germans, War with Cimbri and Teutones: Aqua Sextiae, War with Cimbri and Teutones: Vercellae, Drusus in Germany, Tiberius in Germany, War with the Germans, Military affairs of Caligula, The Batavian Uprise