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9. Remembering Quinctilius Varus…

The Roman general Publius Quinctilius Varus (d. 9 AD) served during the reign of the emperor Augustus Caesar. His main claim to fame was:

A) Establishing the first Roman settlement in Britain
B) Imposing order upon the quarrelsome tribes of Gaul
C) Suffering a catastrophic defeat in the forests of Germany
D) Marching against Rome in an attempted revolt

Your answer — D) Marching against Rome in an attempted revolt — was incorrect.

The defeat of Varus and his three legions at the hands of the German tribes was a stunning humiliation for the usually invincible Roman army. Varus took his own life after the battle, and Rome never again attempted to expand the empire east of the Rhine.

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