In September of the year 9 A.D., the young Germanic warrior was known as Armin to his friends and Arminius to his Roman enemies successfully took on and defeated three entire Roman legions. This resulted in the deaths of over twenty thousand Roman soldiers. This, in turn, resulted in the Roman emperor called Tiberius recalling all Roman military units from Germania. The Germanic tribes would associate for their common good, often meeting and forming up for an offensive or defensive war, but they were always separate and very independent. Armin knew that the best way to ensure that his country was not bothered by outside invaders again was to become a single country complete with its own army and navy. In this, he crossed swords with the independent temper of his own people. They did not want any king from anywhere telling them what to do. In due course, this resulted in even the members of his own family taking up arms against him in order to make sure that the tribes of Germania remained independent and free. Such was the concern of the ancient Germanic tribesmen that this might not be the case, that Armin was murdered by the members of his own family.
“The Battle that defined EUROPE forever”
There is a boundary in Europe today between where people prefer to drink beer and where people prefer to drink wine, where the Romance languages based on Latin are spoken and where the Germanic languages are spoken. There is a famous battle largely responsible for this, a battle that halted the expansion of the Roman Empire of Augustus into northernmost Europe.
That battle is the famous the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, where in 9 AD 3 Roman legions and their auxiliaries, led by Publius Quinctilius Varus where ambushed and wiped out almost down to the last man. The Romans were to lead several successful raids and campaigns into Germania afterward, but they NEVER attempted to conquer Germany east of the Rhine river again.
The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest is accurately described as the greatest defeat Rome ever suffered, and as one of the most decisive battles in European and world history.
In FOR THE LOVE OF ARMIN it is somewhat fictionalized and imagined, but the basic cast of characters and turning of events are accurate to history. A lot of time is spent on the Germanic warrior Armin, his wife Thusnelda, and their son who is sold into slavery as a Gladiator and I highly recommend this book for all students of Roman and European and military history. I cannot recommend it highly enough as a crucial book in the research of the early history of the Roman Empire.
This is a compelling account of the battle that defined Europe for all time afterwards.