A Most Dangerous Book

A Most Dangerous Book The pope wanted it, Montesquieu used it, and the Nazis pilfered an Italian noble s villa to get it the Germania, by the Roman historian Tacitus, took on a life of its own as both an object and an ideology When Tacitus wrote a not very flattering little book about the ancient Germans in 98 CE, at the height of the Roman Empire, he could not have foreseen that the Nazis would extol it as a bible, nor that Heinrich Himmler, the engineer of the Holocaust, would vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds But the Germania inspired and polarized readers long before the rise of the Third Reich In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard University, traces the wide ranging influence of the Germania over a five hundred year span, showing us how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world. Best Download [ A Most Dangerous Book ] by [ Christopher B. Krebs ] – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Christopher B Krebs is a classics professor at Harvard University whose academic publications include extensive work on the ancient historians and a recent contribution to The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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  • Hardcover
  • 303 pages
  • A Most Dangerous Book
  • Christopher B. Krebs
  • English
  • 27 July 2017
  • 0393062651

10 thoughts on “A Most Dangerous Book

  1. says:

    Those who have offered lower ratings should, I think, address their complaints to the marketing department at Norton, rather than to Prof Krebs If you are expecting Dan Brown, you will be disappointed If you expect a learned exploration, with thorough command of primary sources in multiple languages across many periods, you will be quite gratified The dangerous books of the world are not those hidden away in some archive, guarded by monks or obscurity they are the texts that are most widely Those who have offered lower ratings should, I think, address their complaints to the marketing department at Norton, rather than to Prof Krebs If you are expecting Dan Brown, you will be disappointed If you expect a learned exploration, with thorough command of primary sources in multiple languages across many periods, you will be quite gratified The dangerous books of the world are not those hidden away in some archive, guarded by monks or obscurity they are the texts that are most widely read, misread, mis appropriated, and used to justtify horrors Krebs demonstrates that beginning shortly after the rediscovery of this work of Tacitus, it was used to answer the awkward question, Who are the Germans As different answers became desirable, the text was adjusted to meet the needs of the new agenda Non classicists should realize that classical texts, because they come from manuscript traditions, can only ever be approximations of what the original author wrote Every scholarly editio...

  2. says:

    It shouldn t be a surprise that a book entirely focused on the history of a particular written document and in particular, one written by one of Rome s most eloquent historians would be as well written and as grounded as this book is, but as the author himself points out, the book s history, for all its popularity particularly in the century and a half preceding the Nazi regime , has been primarily one of gross mistranslation and pseudo scholarly interpolation I picked up this book becau...

  3. says:

    Christopher Krebs book takes a look at the way another has been used and misused over time Tacitus Germania, from the period of its composition during the first century CE to its apotheosis as a text naturalising Nazi claims to German racial superiority during the Third Reich I thought it a useful and informative piece, which gives the general reader a sense of how and why scholars are interested in the history of a text s reception over time I could see it being useful paired with Tacitus Christopher Krebs book takes a look at the way another has been used and misused over time Tacitus Germania, from the period of its composition during the first century CE to its apotheosis as a text naturalising Nazi claims to German racial superiority during the Third Reich I thought it a useful and informative piece, which gives the general reader a sense of how and why scholars are interested in the history of a text s reception over time I could see it being useful paired with Tacitus in an undergraduate history course, or the last chapter on the ways in which the Germania was selectively ...

  4. says:

    This book details the Chinese whispers of Tacitus s Germania Although Tacitus wrote from Rome never having crossed the Danube for years, his short book was considered the authoritative ethnography of the German speaking tribes It was intended as scorn But, beginning in the Renaissance and Reformation, it was invoked increasingly as the source book for warrior qualities built into the German genetic code And, soon it was employed to weed out those German speakers not having such quali This book details the Chinese whispers of Tacitus s Germania Although Tacitus wrote from Rome never having crossed the Danube for years, his short book was considered the authoritative ethnography of the German speaking tribes It was intended as scorn But, beginning in the Renaissance and Reformation, it was invoked increasingly as the source book for warrior qualities built into the German genetic code And, soon it was employed to weed out those German speakers not having such qualities As I say Chinese whispers, and well beyond if not the opposite of Tacitus s intent But the book misses a basic point Yes, there was still is an arc of ascension in consciousness of the German peoples yes German Unification shifted the global balance of power 1871, 1914, 1939 or prompted questions about the connection to globe 1990 But Krebs struggles to cram Tacitus s Germania into the each event Some work better than others Some don t work at...

  5. says:

    Interesting book about the Roman historian Tacitus s Germania, in which he describes the unmixed people of the area North of the Danube and East of the Rhine The discovery in the 15th century of an old manuscript, and the subsequent willful or not misreadings of it became the basis somehow for the history of Aryan German superiority and purity This then grew into the concept of volkisch language, blood, and soil that culminated in the Nazi regime These philosophies were often justified Interesting book about the Roman historian Tacitus s Germania, in which he describes the unmixed people of the area North of the Danube and East of the Rhine The discovery in the 15th century of an old manuscript, and the subsequent willful or not misread...

  6. says:

    This is another one of those studies of how the classics have come to have modern influence, sometimes for reasons that differ greatly from the author s time or intentions The focus here is on a short work by Tacitus named Germania, which is presented as a study of Germany and the people who live there It is a descriptive ethnographic portrait of the people east of the Rhine and thus never conquered by the Romans.Krebs, the author, starts off by discussing how Tacitus described the norm This is another one of those studies of how the classics have come to have modern influence, sometimes for reasons that differ greatly from the author s time or intentions The focus here is on a short work by Tacitus named Germania, which is presented as a study of Germany and the people who live there It is a descriptive ethnographic portrait of the people east of the Rhine and thus never conquered by the Romans.Krebs, the author, starts off by discussing how Tacitus described the norms and social structure of the Germans, as well as how the Germans were strongly identified with their particular geographic area and had not changes Krebs then show how Tacitus never visited Germany and was not very accurate in Germania What we know as the Germans are actually a variety of tribes, they were not just east of the Rhine, but also west of it as well They had moved around frequently and changed over time so it was not a very good study.Then, the real story is told how this description of German...

  7. says:

    A must read for anybody with the most remote interest in either culture or communications This is the story of how a Roman pamphlet became one of the most misreferenced and misquoted documents of all time Page 19 Tacitus s text was taken to illuminate the life and s of those ancient German days The light of dawn is mellow, and most readers formed a positive impression No sooner had the Germania been retrived from the murky library of a German monastrey in the fifteenth century than it A must read for anybody with the most remote interest in either culture or communications This is the story of how a Roman pamphlet became one of the most misreferenced and misquoted documents of all time Page 19 Tacitus s text was taken to illuminate the life and s of those ancient German days The light of dawn is mellow, and most readers formed a positive impression No sooner had the Germania been retrived from the murky library of a German monastrey in the fifteenth century than it supplied what would qu...

  8. says:

    I recently finished Christopher Krebs A Most Dangerous Book the blurb of which states that it is about the roman writer Tacitus on how his book the Germania has been abuse throughout the ages.I found this book to be a real slog to read So much so that I almost gave up on reading it Originally, I was attracted to the book by its novel premise unfortunately I don t feel it delivered on it.Instead of focusing on placing the book in the context of events e.g such and such was twisting the Germa I recently finished Christopher Krebs A Most Dangerous Book the blurb of which states that it is about the roman writer Tacitus on how his book the Germania has been abuse throughout the ages.I foun...

  9. says:

    My interest in Christopher Krebs A Most Dangerous Book was first aroused in part because of my interest in Stephen Greenblatt s The Swerve Both promise to deliver an account of the history of a famous book of antiquity in Krebs book, Tacitus s Germania, and in Greenblatt s book, Lucretius De rerum natura. However, whereas Greenblatt focuseson the truly remarkable story behind the recovery of Lucretius work, Krebs focuseson the historical abuse of Tactitus work though, to be My interest in Christopher Krebs A Most Dangerous Book was first aroused in part because of my interest in Stephen Greenblatt s The Swerve Both promise to deliver an account of the history of a famous book of antiquity in Krebs book, Tacitus s Germania, and in Greenblatt s book, Lucretius De rerum natura. However, whereas Greenblatt focuseson the truly remarkable story behind the recovery of Lucretius work, Krebs focuseson the historical abuse of Tactitus work though, to be sure, Krebs do...

  10. says:

    This book pairs excellently with The Swerve How the World Became Modern as both deal with the revitalization and preservation of classical texts I believe A Most Dangerous Book rather succinctly and effectively outlines the dangers of humanity s habit of seeing only what it wants to The Serve touches on this to some extent, but mostly it shows much of the positivity that comes from sharing and re evaluating old ideas This book does a really great job at situating the reader in the timeline s This book pairs excellently with The Swe...

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