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Rhine Danube |
The two great rivers that divided two rival traditions

Rhine Danube is drawn from Chapter Four, beginning on page 134, of Volume Two, A Pinch of Incense of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit www.TheChristians.info.

Monuments and structures still standing on the Rhine-Danube frontier recall a conflict Europe has never fully resolved

Rhine Danube - The two great rivers that divided two rival traditions

Rhine Danube – The two great rivers that divided two rival traditions
Modern automobile traffic still uses the Roman bridge over the Rhine at Trier, Germany.

Through the heart of what is now modern Europe ran what was once the Rhine-Danube frontier between the Romans and the Germans–the boundary between civilization and barbarism, law and anarchy as Rome’s defenders saw it, or between slavery and freedom as the Germans saw it. Today, the proponents of either historical heritage will differ on whether they sympathize with the Marcomanni prisoners or their Roman captors portrayed below on a stone plaque, carved in honor of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius’s campaign of the mid-170s. The plaque is now part of Constantine’s Arch in Rome, probably incorporated there in Constantine’s effort to celebrate and identify himself with the great heroes and figures of Rome’s past. Monuments of the Roman Rhine-Danube frontier continue to stand, mute testimony to the tension in the political ideals inherited by modern Europe and only partly reconciled by Christianity.

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