By Christopher B. Krebs
Winner of the 2012 Christian Gauss publication Award
"A version of well known highbrow historical past. . . . In each way, A most threatening Book is a so much fantastic 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 might extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy prior to the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this dependent and pleasing background, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard collage, strains the wide-ranging effect of the Germania, revealing how an old textual content rose to take its position one of the most threatening books on the earth.
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Take a position, pro or con, and explain your reasoning in a short paper or debate it as a class. ”) •During the Middle Ages superstition often took the place of science, and when people could not explain the causes behind something they often made up superstitious explanations that seem silly to people today. Research the history of a superstition—for instance, fear of the number 13. With superstitions that relate to science in some way, compare the superstition with the actual facts about a subject: for instance, in the Middle Ages people believed in spontaneous generation, but now people know that when food is left out to spoil vermin are drawn to it, rather than the food actually turning into the vermin.
Words to Know xxxix Terrorism: Frightening (and usually harming) a group of people in order to achieve a specific political goal. Theologian: Someone who analyzes religious faith. Theology: The study of religious faith. Trial by ordeal: A system of justice in which the accused (and sometimes the accuser as well) has to undergo various physical hardships in order to prove innocence. Tribal: Describes a society, sometimes nomadic, in which members are organized by families and clans, not by region, and in which leadership comes from warriorchieftains.
Epic: A long poem that recounts the adventures of a legendary hero. Ethnic group: People who share a common racial, cultural, national, linguistic, or tribal origin. Excommunicate: To banish someone from the church. F Famine: A food shortage caused by crop failures. Fasting: Deliberately going without food, often but not always for religious reasons. Feudalism: A form of political and economic organization in which peasants are subject to a noble who owns most or all of the land that they cultivate.