By John Wilson
Published: July 20, 2011.
In 9 A.D., the Roman nobleman Publius Varus led three legions—20,000 men—east of the Rhine river. In the dark, haunted forests of barbarian Germania, all of them were slaughtered in one of the worst disasters ever suffered by the Roman army. This is their story and the story of a young Legionary, Lucius, and his friend, Freya, caught on opposite sides of the horror.