Kalkriese Hill

Kalkriese Hill

A mixed media (acrylic, fabric scraps) depiction of an ancient battle site. This was exhibited in Crossing Borders at Altered Esthetics last year.

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.