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By Christopher B. Krebs

Winner of the 2012 Christian Gauss e-book Award

"A version of well known highbrow historical past. . . . In each way, A most threatening Book is a such a lot terrific achievement."--Washington Post

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little ebook concerning the historic Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis may extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy sooner than the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this based and beautiful background, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard college, lines the wide-ranging impact of the Germania, revealing how an historic textual content rose to take its position one of the most threatening books on the earth.

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This phase of trial was later dispensed with, and judges accredited official denunciations without examination of witnesses. Only if the defendant denied the charge were local witnesses summoned and questioned. 21 22 23 24 25 26 Rocke, Forbidden Friendships, pp. 55–6. F. Migliorino, ‘Un “consilium” di Guglielmo Perno per un processo di magia in Sicilia’, Quaderni catanesi di studi classici e medievali, 2 (1980). C. Lansing, ‘Concubines, lovers, prostitutes: infamy and female identity in medieval Bologna’, in Beyond Florence: The Contours of Medieval and Early Modern Italy, ed.

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