Arminius And The Issue Over Thusnelda
Arminius is the Roman name of the famous German chieftain from the Cherusci tribe who defeated the Roman army of Quinctilius Varus at Teutoburg Forest, 9 AD, one of the factors that lead to the Romans not conquering Germany east of the river Rhine. After his victory, Arminius was an important figure in German tribal politics and very prestigious as well, but he wasn't universally liked either.
One of his most notable rivals was Segestes, an influential Cheruscan nobleman who had remained loyal to the Romans. Segestes had a daughter named Thusnelda, whom at some point Arminius married after his victory at Teutoburg. The marriage, however, does not appear to have been a happy one, as Arminius abducted Thusnelda. This and his marriage to her was probably done to spite Segestes, and Thusnelda also became pregnant with Arminius' son.
In 15 AD civil war broke out in the Cherusci, with Segestes being besieged by Arminius in his stronghold with his pro-Roman faction. He was able to send a message to a Roman army operating nearby under Germanicus, who defeated Arminius' forces and lifted the siege. Thusnelda was among the Germans that defected to the Romans, although this wasn't by choice as her father had abducted her back. Thusnelda's and Arminius' son was born in Ravenna in Italy, and their fate is unknown.
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