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A battle between Romans and the Germans at Trier: the Germans are returning on a bridge over the river Moselle after having attacked the camp of the Romans, when the Romans counterattack. Etching by A. Tempesta after O. van Veen, 1612.

  • Veen, Otto van, 1556-1629.
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[1612]
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43021i
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Tacitus, Histories IV.77-78. The print shows the aftermath of a surprise attack by the German coalition (Batavi, Ubii, Lingones, Bructeri, and Tencteri) on the Roman camp at Augusta Treverorum (Trier). The Romans and their allies led by Cerealis counterattacked while the Germans were arguing with each other about their shares of the booty. On the same day the Romans captured and destroyed the German camp: "obstitit vincentibus pravum inter ipsos certamen omisso hoste spolia consectandi. Cerialis ut incuria prope rem adflixit, ita constantia restituit; secutusque fortunam castra hostium eodem die capit excinditque."

Publication/Creation

[Antwerp] : [Vaenius], [1612]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with engraving ; image 14.5 x 20.7 cm

Lettering

De Hollanders overvallen by nachte het legher van Cerialis, innemende de brugghe van de Moesel: maer worden door het plunderen wederom gheshlagen; ende Cerialis niet rustende, overvalt ende neemt hun legher oock in, op den selven dagh. Committitur praelium inter Romanos et Batavos iuxta Mosellam ... AT

References note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, Vienna 1818, vol. 17, pp. 145-146, no. [586] ("560-595. La guerre des Romains contre les Bataves. Suite de trente six pièces. Largeur: 7 p- 9 lign. Hauteur: 5 p. 5 lign. La. marge d'en bas : 8 lign. Ces pièces sont numérotées au milieu de la marge d'en bas depuis 1 à 36. Le numéro est placé dans un petit cercle. La marge offre une explication du sujet en Hollandois et en Latin. Le frontispice représente Rome et la Batavie qui se donnent la main, dans un rond, autour duquel on lit: Romanorum et Batavoruni Societas. Au bas de cette planche est écrit : Ant. Tempesta f.")

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Lettering in two columns, Dutch on the left and Latin on the right

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 43021i

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  • Dutch
  • Latin


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