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THIS IS NOT A STORY ABOUT THE GLORY OF ROME. It’s the story of the people who rise to fight for freedom against a cruel and violent force bent on their destruction. As Rome grows stronger, the barbarians are taxed, enslaved, slaughtered, displaced, and robbed of their cultures. But set against seemingly overwhelming odds, they never surrender; evolving and innovating new ways to fight against an organized and determined enemy. This is a clash of titans fought over centuries. Barbarians Rising.

Hannibal

Hannibal

Hannibal Barca (born c. 247 BC) was the son of the great Carthaginian general, Hamilcar. The Barcas were a family of military leaders, the greatest generals of Carthage. Hamilcar had fought the Romans in the First Punic War (264-241 BC) but was forced to evacuate Sicily after the Romans destroyed the Carthaginian fleet, a humiliation for which he never forgave the Romans. Hamilcar passed on the duty of revenge to his young son, who at the age of 9, was made to swear a blood oath, vowing one day to defeat Rome. Read more…

Viriathus

Viriathus

Viriathus hailed from Lusitania, which occupied modern day Portugal and part of western Spain. It is not known precisely when he was born, but the ancient authors describe him as an inhabitant of the coast, a shepherd who in childhood lived in the mountains. Accounts recall his great strength and agility, the result of a spare diet and hard physical labour. Read more…

Spartacus

Spartacus

Born in Thrace (modern Eastern Europe) around 109BC, little is known about the early life of Spartacus, who would rise to lead a slave revolt that rocked the Roman Republic to its core.  Sources say that while serving as an auxiliary in the Roman army, he deserted, was captured, and then enslaved.Because of his enormous physical strength, he was chosen to become a gladiator, and moved to an elite training camp in Capua, Italy. Conditions for gladiators were never good, but Capua was particularly brutal. Read more: 

Arminius

Arminius

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. Read more…

Boudica

Boudica

Boudica was born of royal descent in 21AD. Boudica’s husband, Prasutagus, was King of the Iceni, a tribe of proud Celtic warriors in the Roman province of Britannia. The Empire made repeated attempts to disarm and defeat the Iceni but was unsuccessful, ultimately deciding to sue for peace rather than continue fighting the rebels. Read more… 

Fritigern

Fritigern

The Goth peoples originated in Germania, but by the 4th century inhabited Scythia (modern Romania). They were culturally diverse, sharing some traits with the Huns and other eastern peoples.  Fritigern’s tribe were recent converts to Christianity, but they were enemies of Rome and frequently clashed with imperial armies and raided the fringes of the empire. Read more…

Alaric

Alaric

Born on Peuce Island at the mouth of the Danube (Romania), Alaric was a child during the Goths’ migration across the Danube and their subsequent war with Rome. After Fritigern’s death years later, Alaric emerged as leader and later King of the Visigoths from 395 to 410 AD. Read more…

Attila

Attila

Attila is thought to have been born around AD 406. In AD 434, when he was about 30 years old, he and his brother Bleda succeeded to the Hunnic lordship after the death of their uncle. Despite the lust for plundering riches, the record reflects that Attila’s tastes were modest. He was not interested in the luxuries of Roman life. Read more…

Geiseric

Geiseric

Geiseric was born around AD 389, the illegitimate child of the great Vandal king Godigisel. When Geiseric was elected King in AD 428, the Vandals had long been a wandering people. Driven by the advance of the Huns, the Vandals crossed the northern Rhine frontier of the Empire in AD 406 and found their way to Spain. There they settled, but as Geiseric’s rule began, they came under attack by the Visigoths and soon migrated to North Africa.  Read more…