The greatest defeat of Roman legions against the barbarians during the period of the early Roman Empire
Quinctili Vare, legiones redde! -Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions! – Augustus Caesar was to shout at the news of the defeat of Rome in the Teutoburg forest. At the end of September 9 CE Three legions (30,000 people) under the command of Varus crossed the Rhine and entered the territories inhabited by the Germanic tribes of Herusks and Tempter. Betrayed by the Roman leader Arminius, who was adopted by Varus, they were dragged into an ambush. Unprepared for fighting in a wooded area, accustomed and trained to fight in an open area, the legionaries were surprised in a stretched formation and despite the fierce resistance, lasting three days and two nights, knocked to the foot. Varus, along with other commanders, committed suicide. This battle marked the beginning of a 7-year war that finally established the Empire’s border on the Rhine line. Arminius himself, the commander of the Germans, was murdered by his fellow tribesmen 12 years later.