2000 years later, the soil is still enriched with Roman remains, legions of young soldiers were slain and emptied, the crimson liquid which fueled their Earthly vessels flowed freely, feeding the voracious German soil.
Adopted by a distinguished Roman official, the treacherous Arminius led his brothers to slaughter
Under the command of Quinctilius Varus, three Roman legions were unwittingly lured into the Teutoburg forest by a twenty-five-year-old German transplant from the Cherusci tribe, Arminius.
There, they were surrounded by wily Germans employing guerilla tactics with devastating success, eviscerating the unprepared Roman force. Survivors of the massacre likened their elusive attackers to ghosts, attacking and vanishing, melting back into the forest, only to reappear at another position.
Varus and the other officials committed suicide, as was the Roman custom, however, the soldiers that remained fought bravely, knowing they were surrounded and faced certain peril. The doomed soldiers made every attempt to fight as a disciplined unit while they were being slaughtered like hapless cattle, but they eventually fell into disarray, only a handful made it back home.
The Traitor Arminius
As a young boy, Arminius and his brother were plucked from their home in a rural German village by Emperor Augustus’s soldiers, they were raised as citizens and as a young man, Arminius swore his allegiance to the Roman Empire before becoming a soldier.
Absorbing the foreign-born into their society was a common practice for the Empire, but was Rome naive to trust these subjects? Would they remain loyal when the shit hit the fan?
They were decidedly wrong in the case of Arminius, a costly mistake which arguably may have been the Empire’s death blow.
In establishing the rooted bedrock of theWest, a concept first pioneered by early Greeks, the plucky Roman Republic transitioned into a mighty Empire, solidifying Western dominance and advancing the civilized world.
A deep adoration is owed to the Romans and their vast lineage of unique Emperors, as they introduced such a volume of substantial innovations and “every-day” essentials to Mankind.
The first known aqueduct was commissioned by Appius Claudius Caecus, an esteemed Roman censor, he was also responsible for Rome’s first road. This was an essential game-changer, not only for wealthy aristocrats, bathing in illustrious marble bath-houses, while being doted on by a bevy of half-naked servant chicks, but for many others in and around the Empire.
Romans were no longer restricted by the limitations of a stationary water source, freshwater and sewage were mobile and this greatly advanced society, the workforce, and tremendously reduced germ-related illness.
The implementation of the aqueduct, like so many other Roman innovations, has been a valued impetus for human progress.
Several other noteworthy’s developed by the industrious Romans were concrete, newspapers, books, highways, and roads.
Rome was not only the bustling epicenter for law and classical education, amidst a myriad of other consequential disciplines but their panache for warfare protected their vast Empire.
Rome was an oasis of safety surrounded by an inhospitable desert of barbarians and unforgiving terrain.
With so many advantages, it’s difficult to imagine that the Roman Empire could have ever fallen, as it did., why?
Arminius, the German boy, raised as a Roman, was drafted into the army and became an official Roman Knight, they did everything humanly possible to earn his devotion and loyalty.
Arminius served with distinction, however, innate loyalties to his homeland led him to lead Varus and his soldiers to certain death, ceasing any further expansion into Germany.
Although Arminius didn’t enter the Empire voluntarily, he did decide to follow his new countries customs and benefit from all of its advantages.
Those that migrated into Rome did so for the safety and opportunity that their homeland couldn’t provide, they were the benefactors of Roman ingenuity, hard work, and sacrifice. These were substantial factors, however, they didn’t equate to having skin in the game, if they could address the same concerns elsewhere, they might.
As more barbarians migrated into the Empire, the pressure to assimilate subsided exponentially, until there were societies within society. One of these peoples were the Goths, they desperately sought protection in the Empire to escape out from under the thumb of the savage Huns.
Eventually, the Goths grew contemptuous of the Romans and sacked the Empire, this was the first of several sacks which ultimately led to Rome’s demise.