Monday, November 9, 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
As life-changing that event has been for this country and for the world, as much as life for millions has changed in the two decades since the old order fell, 20 years is but an afternoon in Europe.
This year is the 2,000th anniversary of the Varus Battle – or the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest – in which a band of Germanic warriors defeated three Roman legions in 9 AD at Kalkriese, in northwestern Germany near Osnabrück.
That long-forgotten battle also changed the direction of history. It was a decisive clash which put an end to Roman expansion into Northern Europe.
Those three masks are reproductions of a magnificent Roman cavalry mask at the centre of a display of Roman artifacts unearthed at the battle site.
If you’re anywhere near Osnabrück, go to the museum site for a day and marvel. It’s really worth it. I’ve been back four times and find something new every time.