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Arminius
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Military Personnel
    (circa 18 BC-21)
    Born in Germany
    German military leader
    Destroyed a Roman army in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
    Of minor German tribal nobility, he was raised as a hostage in Rome and rose to become a trusted Roman military leader
    Posted to Germany as an aide to the Roman general Varus, he arranged to lead Varus' army into an ambush
    He didn't follow up on his military victory and try to move on Gaul, which was almost undefended after his victory.
    He failed to keep the German tribes united after his victory and was murdered by his fellow Germans.
    Although they never again tried to establish a permanent presence east of the Rhine, the Romans re-invaded Germany and defeated the tribes that had taken part in the attack.
    Being part of the Roman Empire was overall beneficial for the common people, so he wasn't doing them any favors.
    During the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther tried to cast himself as a new Arminius with the Vatican as the Roman Empire.
    There is some disagreement about his real name, Martin Luther called him Herman.
    The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest was one of the most brilliantly conceived and carried out military victories in history.
    It was one of the biggest defeats Rome ever suffered.
    It left the Roman Emperor, Augustus, banging his head against the wall and crying 'Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions.'
    During the Roman counter-attacks, Arminius' wife was captured and sold into slavery.
    To this day, he is considered a national hero in Germany.

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