In Our Time: History

In Our Time: History

BBC Radio 4

Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.


Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great Roman military disaster of 9 AD when Germanic tribes under Arminius ambushed and destroyed three legions under Varus. According to Suetonius, emperor Augustus hit his head against the wall when he heard the news, calling on Varus to give him back his legions. The defeat ended Roman expansion east of the Rhine. Victory changed the development of the Germanic peoples, both in the centuries that followed and in the nineteenth century when Arminius, by then known as Herman, became a rallying point for German nationalism. With Peter Heather Ellen O'Gorman And Matthew Nicholls Producer: Simon Tillotson


  • 296 - Battle of the Teutoburg Forest 
    Thu, 13 Feb 2020
  • 295 - Alcuin 
    Thu, 30 Jan 2020
  • 294 - The Siege of Paris 1870-71 
    Thu, 16 Jan 2020
  • 293 - Tutankhamun 
    Thu, 26 Dec 2019
  • 292 - Coffee 
    Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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