I am interested in the culture clashes of ancient times that helped form modern ideas about nationality. Kalkriese Hill was the site of one of those clashes. In 9 AD, when the Roman empire was spreading across Europe, the Germanic leader Arminius lured 3 Roman battalions into a vulnerable position–a narrow strip of land between a swamp and a large, tree-covered hill, where tribesmen were waiting in ambush. The Romans were routed, and subsequently abandoned the idea of expanding beyond the Rhine into what is now Germany.
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