- Emperor Augustus
They stepped into the grim place which was burdened with such painful memories. One could still recognise the first camp of Varus, huge in size, a site that could clearly testify the capacity of three legions. Not far from there, an only half finished abatis as well as a flat trench could tell that one last body of men tried to grab itself into the ground. Between these two sites, they saw bleached bones of fallen comrades scattered about, piled up to little heaps, depending on how they died: Fleeing or fighting. In between all of this, shattered weapons, skeletons of horses. From tangled branches above, there were skulls which had been nailed to trees, staring down. In the forest glades they found altars in which the most noble captives were sacrifised to the gods.
Those legionnaires who escaped the inferno back then turned around and told: 'Yes, there, this is where the generals fell!' - 'And here, here it was where the barbarians wrenched the eagles away from us!' - Then, they showed the place where Varus was wounded and the other unholy one, where he took his life with his own hand and also the hill, from which Arminius would speak to his warriors, and they told of the many gallowses he let made, of the many sacrifical pits he let dig.
Thus, six years after the catastrophe, they buried the skeletons of three legions. But since no one could recognise whether it were the mortal remains of their enemies or their comrades they covered with earth, they buried the bones with believing them all to be their relatives, their blood brothers, their friends. All of that happening with a growing bitterness towards such an opponent, and they became sad and angry the same.
- Tacitus on Roman legionnaires revisiting the place of the Teutoburg forest battle in which the legions of Varus were annihilated by Arminius and his Germanic tribes
Ich weiß gar nicht, was ich zuerst herausgreifen soll; das halb im Schatten liegende Gesicht, die Flüsterlinien, die wunderbare, grobe Schraffur – die Bäume im Hintergrund, die anderseits wieder wie Risse, Zerrissenes wirken, Verderben, (Bluts)-Tropfen, der Lichteinfall, elegant und effektiv mit dem darübergelegten diagonalen Rechteck, sehr nett.
Alles in allem eine solch würdige, ausdrucksstarke Darstellung, gleichzeitig beklemmend zusammen mit dem Textfragment.
Wow. Einfach wow.