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The Roman Gazette

The Roman Gazette

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Guardian eight page supplement for SEGA's Total War: ROME II
Guardian eight page supplement for SEGA's Total War: ROME II

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ore than 20,000Roman soldiershave been mass-acred by barbariantribesmen led by arenegade German auxiliary o cer,in an attack in the Teutoburg forestbeyond the Rhine frontier.ree legions under the commandof General Varus – the 17th, 18th and19th – were lured into an ambush by trickery and deceit and, despite ght-ing with exceptional courage, the le-gionaries were overwhelmed and thelegions’ eagles lost.Emperor Augustus has an-nounced 30 days of public mourn-ing and an emergency meeting of the Senate has been called to discussways to quash the rebellion. A rewardof 1,000 gold aurei was immediately oered for the head of the renegadecommander, Arminius, a prince of the Cherusci tribe.In a statement, the Emperor calledfor calm and said the defences on theRhine would be strengthened to pre- vent rebel incursion into the prov-inces of Gaul or Germania.“General Varus was a ne leaderand a brave soldier, but he was be-trayed by a man he believed was hisfriend,” the statement said. “ThisArminius, on whom we had con-ferred Roman citizenship, shared thegeneral’s campre and had gained histrust. When word reached the campof trouble in the north, Arminiusurged the general to act and assuredhim the route was safe. He said hewould join him on the march withthe warriors of his tribe.Instead, the renegade gathered histribesmen, along with 30,000 war-riors from the Chatti, Cauchi, Bruc-teri, Marci, Angrivarii and Mattiacitribes, and waited in ambush. Led onby Cheruscan guides, General Varusand his unsuspecting troops were inmarching order, with their swordssheathed and their shields covered.By the time they reached the Teuto-burg forest, the column was strungout over many miles.Gaius Bracchus, decurion, firstcentury, third cohort of the 17th, oneof the few survivors, said: “On thethird day of the march we reached a
Great victory in the east
The four-year insurrection inPannonia and Dalmatia is over,and the rebels have been defeated.Bato of Desidiato, the surviv-ing rebel leader, nally surren-dered to the Roman commanderTiberius at Arduba, and now awaits his fate. e Emperor Au-gustus has awarded Tiberius aTriumph for his victory in a warthat has cost Rome thousands of lives and millions of sesterces.Germanicus has been givena praetorship for his part in thecampaign against an enemy re-nowned for ferocity . Germanicusled the assaults on the towns of Splonum, Seretium and Raetium,where the rebels poured liquid redown on the attacking legionariesand burned many to death.Victory secures the frontier onthe river Danube and the loyalty of a people who it was once fearedhad the strength and means tomarch on the city of Rome.On his surrender, Bato blamedRome and the greed of previousgovernors for the revolt. “We are your flocks,” he said, “yet youdidn’t send shepherds to tend us, you sent wolves.New civil ar-rangements are being put in placeto ensure there is no repeat of thecorruption that led to the ghting.
e Danube has been secured
200 years ago today What lessons can modernRome learn from Hannibal’scrossing of the Alps?Take the career quizSoldier, do you have whatit takes to be a centurion inthe modern Roman army?
Rome will triumph!
Friends, we may have lostthe battle at Teutoburg, butwe will NOT lose the war
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Dies Veneris vi September MMXIII
Published in Romaand Arenacum
Roman soldiers’ newspaper of the year ADIX
Brutal barbarians batter brave Romans in cowardly attack 
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the Roman
Looking back from a distanceof more than 2,000 years,it's easy to see today’s worldas the inevitable result of, asAlan Bennett wrote, "onef***ing thing after another".But making history isan uncertain business,with the outcomes forthose involved just asunpredictable as in, say,modern Syria or Egypt.For this eight-page special,we travel back to AD9 anda battle that would provepivotal for Rome.This is how we imaginea newspaper for Romansoldiers may have reportedit. It is published withSEGA, whose new PCgame, Total War ROMEII, plunges players into animmaculately recreatedgolden age of the Romanempire, refighting keybattles and campaigns.
Welcome toRome, AD9Caveat lector
Nigel Kendall
Graham HaydayProduced for Guardian Labs to a brief agreed with SEGA. Paid for by SEGA.All editorial controlled by SEGA.
News and opinion by DouglasJackson, author of six novels set in ancientRome. Hannibal and other content by journalist and historian Dominic Wells.
Colour from Total War ROME II,except for statue image, right.BlackandwhiteillustrationsbyDaveHopkins.
Barbarians, we are coming back to make a desert of your lands
The whole of Rome knows thatthis defeat simply will not stand
oldiers of Rome, do notbe downhearted by thissetback on the Germanfrontier. Our treacherousbarbarian enemies havestabbed your comrades in theback, but soon they will reap theconsequences of their actions.Do these German forest dwellersbelieve our Emperor will turn theother cheek ? Do they think they canslink back to their huts and theirholes in the ground unchallenged?No, they have acted like thebasest of animals and like animalsthey will be hunted down.
Cry vengeance!
Your comrades will have their vengeance. Emperor Augustus isalready planning the campaign thatwill destroy these murderers. Hislegions will sweep across the riverand take their swords to Rome’senemies. Death is the only fate that awaits any manbeyond the Rhine whoopposes a Romansoldier, slavery forthose who kneel beforehim. For the renegadeArminius, a man thisEmpire took to itsheart, there can be only one end: crucixion.We have all heard thestories. How our tribuneswere tortured and burnedalive. How our survivingsoldiers were tormentedhorribly by the barbarians,even their women andchildren, before beingslaughtered. What better way torepay the Cherusci, the Chatti theCauchi, the Bructeri, the Marci,the Angrivarii and the Mattiacithan by turning their lands intoa wilderness? And when thebones of its former occupantsare bleached white, what betteruse for them than as fertiliserfor the tens of thousands of Roman veterans who clear and farmit? Barbarian blood will nourishthe soil that will feed Rome for athousand generations to come.Yes, that will be the reward forevery man who helps bring justice to the rebels. Twenty-ve jugera of prime landin one of the most fertileplaces in the Empire, lledwith new opportunities.
The future is bright
And that is only the start, for it isknown that beyond Germania lieother fertile lands, lands that arecurrently wasted on their barbarianowners. Soon there will be land forall, even the meanest beggar on thecapital’s streets.But that is for the future, and abright future it will be.Can it be so easy, I hear you ask,against warriors – if we dignify them with that honourable title –who have so recently defeated threelegions of Rome’s nest soldiers?I say yes, because their victory –how the word grates – was gainedby subterfuge and deceit, by lies toldby a man whom Rome honouredwith citizenship and a place inits ranks, by cowards who foughtfrom behind trees against men whowere surprised and unready. It hasbeen proved a thousand times thatno Roman soldier need fear thebarbarian in open battle. When wenext meet these Germans there willbe no surprise and noskulking in the forest.
e ght
We will forcethem to ghton ground of our choosing;a battle wherearmour, andshields and agladius witha strong armbehind it, willguarantee victory. Your javelins willscythe the enemy down before they reach your line andthe iron of your swordswill give them a mercifulend they ill deserve.General Varus, nesoldier though he was,was fatally lulled by whispers from men hecalled friends. As hediscovered sotragically, trusting aGerman is as sensible astrusting a wolf with yourinfant child. Harder menare required to ensurethat Arminius and hislike are taught a lessonthey will never forget.Fortunately, thosemen are on hand inthis time of trial.e war in Pannonia is at an end, victory secured by Tiberius andhis nephew and brother-in-arms,Germanicus. ey march at thehead of no fewer than 15 legions,75,000 veterans blooded againstthe Illyricans and the Dalmatians,the Dacians and the Sarmatians:enemies who make the cowardly Germans look like new-born lambs.You will join these heroes whenour Emperor hurls them like a spearat our foe. You will take the ghtto the backstabbers. And you willdestroy them!
Why Teutoburg, AD9,still matters in AD2013
Arminius, a barbarianraised inRome,turned onhisimperialmasters, luringthe army intothe forestwhere histribesmenwere waiting. 
Asmany as20,000 Romanswerekilled. TacitusclaimsthatRomanoffi cerswere sacrificed and theirbonescooked up inbarbarianpots. 
Afterthisdefeat, the Romanslargelygave up onGermany. 
Whydoesitmatter now?
The mostdevastatingdefeateversuffered by Rome led tothe erectionofa barrierbetweenGermanandLatinculturesthatendures. IfRomehad won, Germany and the CzechRepublic mightneverhave existed.
Fancy yourselfatthe helmoftheRomanempire, schemingandplottingyourway tothe top? Now'syourchance, inSEGA’sTotalWarROMEII. Formore information, seetheguardian.com/total-war-rome-2
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hilly area, with deep gorges andmarshes on the lower ground thatmade it di cult to keep station. ebarbarians came out of the treeswithout warning, supported by  volleys of slingshots and throwingspears. Our javelins were tied withour shoulder poles, so all we hadwere swords and shields. They’rebig men, the Germans, and toughghters, and they were on us beforewe could form a proper line.”Decurion Bracchus said the ght-ing lasted for almost four days, withthe column gradually being depleted.“We abandoned our baggage onthe morning of the third day,” he re- vealed. “By that time we were heavily outnumbered and the cavalry had runo. General Varus was wounded andwhen he heard the eagles had beenlost he fell on his sword. Some of theother o cers decided to surrender,but I managed to get out with a few of my men and marched for the Rhine.”Military commentator VelleiusPaterculus suggested General Varusmight have been wiser withdrawingto a more defensible position.“In a set-piece battle there can havebeen no doubt of a victory,” he ex-plained. “Of course, he was a Romansoldier and it was a matter of honourfor him to continue.” He condemnedthe o cers who surrendered. “Whatdid they think they were achieving by prolonging their lives?Several thousand camp followersare also thought to have perished,along with a number of auxiliaries.Emperor Augustus pledged thatthe perpetrators of the atrocity wouldbe brought to justice and subject tothe full force of Roman law.
Romans ambushed!
istheheadothe traitorArminius. Bring  it tousandet1,000aureirew ard! 
The hero of Fort Aliso
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Lucius Caedicius, we salute you!
hile his comradeswere being slaugh-tered in the Teuto-burg forest, LuciusCaedicius, camp prefect of the17th legion, was saving the hon-our of Roman arms with a worthy feat of soldiering.General Varus had given pre-fect Caedicius command of FortAliso, one of a line of camps onthe Lippe river. By deception andtreachery all the other forts weretaken and burned, but the prefectand his men halted attack aer at-tack by the barbarians, who suf-fered heavy casualties.Fort Aliso withstood the siegefor some time, but with suppliesrunning low and the fort crowdedwith civilians seeking refuge,Caedicius decided to break out.Under cover of a storm, the oc-cupants marched out throughGerman lines. Unfortunately they were discovered and the barbar-ians launched a ferocious attack.Caedicius used his soldiers toprotect the unarmed civilians andthey fought their way through tothe Rhine. Senator Lucius As-prenas, General Varus’s nephew,had rushed his troops to Veteraand they were able to evacuatethe refugees and the retreatinglegionaries to the west bank.
why our cowardly enemy should fear an angry Rome
When Rome almost fell
200 years agoEight lessonsfrom Hannibal
e should notlet the ambushat Teutoburgforest, inwhich threecourageous legions perished, dentour morale. Our soldiers are thenest, bravest and best organisedin the world, and it took anambush to defeat us. It is ttingthat we learn from our mistakesand from the lessons of history.is is what the Carthaginiangeneral Hannibal’s rst campaignhas to teach us.
Enemies sneak up on us
Hannibal may have been a puny Punic, but he caught the RomanEmpire completely unawares. His very name is still used to terrify bad children two centuries later,and his reputation will surely inspire respect in 2,000 years.
Do the unexpected
If Hannibal was going to attack Rome from Carthage, it wouldsurely be by sea. Instead, he took the Iberian peninsula, passedunscathed through the barbariantribes in southern Gaul and thencrossed the snow-capped Alps – aremarkable feat in itself with a fullarmy and a herd of elephants.
Try diplomacy 
Hannibal did not want to be therst to declare war, so he beganhis campaign by trying to turn theIberian Saguntines against Rome.
If that fails, use force
Instead, the Saguntines sentwarning to Rome, so Hannibalattacked their city of Saguntum.Aer an eight-month siege, hesold o the inhabitants as slaves.
Bribery can be eective
With a war chest bulging withSaguntine loot, Hannibal was ableto buy o the tribes of Catalonia.We Romans wrongly expected hewould be tied up with ghting,but a eet of 60 Roman shipssent to intercept him under thecommand of Publius Scipioarrived too late.
Outank the enemy 
Hannibal should then havebeen stopped at the Rhone. eCavares were waiting on the eastbank, jeering Hannibal’s forces asthey crossed on boats and ras,ready to strike them down in ahail of arrows before they reachedthe shore. But Hannibal had senta separate force to cross 25 milesupriver, double back, and attack the Cavares from the side.
Hide your true intentions
e alpine pass was barredby the Allobroges. A directassault, uphill, would be suicide.Hannibal’s spies spotted thatthe tribe le their encampmentsby night, so Hannibal lit res athis base camp to pretend thathe and his army were settled forthe night, then climbed uphill torain down upon the Allobroges.Fighting upwards, a precipicebehind them, the tribe were soonoverwhelmed.
Maintain morale
e alpine crossing was brutal.ese soldiers from North Africaand Iberia had never seen snow before. A landslide blockedthe way. e elephants werestarving, restless. But Hannibalmade one of those stirringspeeches for which he wasrenowned, reminding hismen of the treasures awaitingthem in Rome, and they pulled through for him.He never did sack ourglorious capital, thank thegods, but he put the bootinto Italy for years.

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