Legion XVIII Canvas


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Legion XVIII Canvas

This legion was probably created to deal with Sextus Pompeius, the last opponent of the second triumvirate, garrisoned in Sicily and threatening Rome’s grain supply. It was probably one of the eight legions Augustus promised Marcus Antonius for his campaign against the Parthians, but never delivered.

Following the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra in the battle of Actium (31 BC), the legion was stationed in Gaul. In the end of the 1st century BC, the XVIIIth was sent to the Germania provinces in the Rhine to take part in the enormous army led by Drusus and later Tiberius. In 5, the provinces were pacified. In 7, Publius Quinctilius Varus was assigned governor.

On September 9, Arminius, leader of the Cheruscan allies, reported a rebellion in the Rhine area. Without suspecting the information received, Varus took his three legions, the XVIII along with XVII and XIX, and headed west. On 9 September, near modern Osnabrück, the Cheruscii led by Arminius ambushed the governor’s army. All three legions were destroyed in what is known as the Battle of Teutoburg Forest and their eagle standards lost.

After their destruction, the Romans never used these legion numbers (XVII, XVIII and XIX) again.

This canvas print was re-touched and repaired by our designers. The dimmed colors and details were highlighted. The canvas print was made to be as livelier as possible by staying true to the original.

We did a proof printing and tested the quality of this painting. When you order; you’ll get a vibrant colored, highest quality digital print, (odorless) with protective lamination coating.


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Canvas Size

100 cm x 70 cm, 70 cm x 50 cm, 50 cm x 30 cm


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