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    Issue of P Quinctilius Varus before the Teutoburg Forest disaster

    PHOENICIA. Berytus. Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AE22 (7.27 gm). About VF. P. Quinctilius Varus, legatus of Syria, 6-4 BC.  IMP CAESAR-AVGVSTV, bare head of Augustus right / P QVINTILVS VRVS, two aquilae (legionary eagles) confronting, two standards to outside - all of which he would ironically, and tragically, later lose. RPC I 4535.

    Publius Quinctilius Varus was consul in 13 BC (along with the future emperor, Tiberius) and governor of Syria from 7-4 BC, when this coin was struck. He was also governor of Africa and Germania. It was in Germania that Varus suffered the defeat he is best remembered for, thanks to chieftain Arminius. The Cherusci, and other allies, ambushed Varus in the Teutoburg Forest of northwest Germany, annihilating the XVII, XVIII, and XIX Roman legions over three days, during which Varus committed suicide. When Augustus received the news, it is recorded that he tore his clothes and exclaimed, "Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions!" It wasn't until the reign of Domitian that the Romans again attempted to subdue the Germans beyond the Rhine.


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