Arminius the Liberator
Myth and Ideology
Martin M. Winkler
Reviews and Awards
"Winkler presents readers with an eclectic, far-ranging work beginning with the earliest Roman accounts of Arminius and ending with twenty-first century movies ... Winkler's careful argumentation rewards the patient reader and his insightful film critiques will be of interest to scholars from a number of disciplines. Historians in particular will benefit from Winkler's ability to look beyond scholarly treatments of Arminius to his reception in popular culture. For these reasons, Arminius the Liberator will stand as an important addition to the literature on the modern appropriation of the remote past, providing a much-needed glimpse into the ways in which antiquity lives on — for better or for worse — in the modern imaginary." - J. Laurence Hare, German History
"The book is very well organised, well written, nicely illustrated and a pleasure to read. It provides a comprehensive overview of ways in which the story of Arminius has been understood and transformed for many different purposes from the sixteenth century to today. It leads the reader to think about other instances of heroes of the past, some more real than others, such as Boudica, King Arthur and Robin Hood, all of whom have been used and transformed over the centuries ... Winkler's book provides an excellent series of examples that can help us to think critically about the process of presenting the past."
"the book will be a useful contribution to classical reception literature, but also to the history of ideas and the social history of propaganda, of which it is a study in its own right." - Richard Warren, The Journal of Roman Studies