SON OF GERMANY, SON OF ROME
Born in Germania around 18 BC, Arminius and his brother Flavus were heirs of a high-ranking Cherusci family. Like many German tribes, warfare was a way of life for the Cherusci, but after the tribe’s defeat, the boys were both sent to Rome as hostages, per custom designed to Romanize the barbarians. In Rome, they were educated, trained as soldiers and given Roman citizenship. Arminius rose through the military ranks, fighting in campaigns throughout the Eastern provinces, and was eventually promoted to the elite Equestrian Order, the most exalted group in Rome besides the Senate.
THE WILD MEN OF THE FOREST
Physically massive, bearded, pale skinned, dark-haired and ruggedly dressed in wolf furs, these wild tribesmen come from the dark forests of Germania. To the Romans this is an untamed, mystical landscape inhabited by evil spirits, dangerous beasts and even more fearsome barbarians. The Germanic barbarians had a strong connection to nature, worshipping and performing rituals in sacred groves and other natural locations rather than in temples.
Range: Northwest Germany