Arminius must have served well with the Roman Legions because he was given Roman citizenship, which was a high honor. The Romans also granted to Arminius the title of Equestrian, or Knight, which was a high rank in Roman society. Social status was very important in Roman society, and for a non- Roman to attain a high level was a great honor indeed. During his years of service he taught himself to speak Latin, and learned the customs of the Romans. It is estimated that he left the Roman Auxilaries in around 7 C.E.
About two years later Arminius ran away with the daughter of Segestes. Her name was Thusnelda, and she would later give him a son Thumelicus. His father - in - law, Segestes, was a firm ally of the Romans, and believed that cooperation with the Romans was beneficial to the Germanic peoples. Arminius probably had similar views about the Romans until the Roman Legions crossed the Rhine river, and threatened the Cherusci tribal lands. His loyalties then shifted, and he decided to defend the lands of his ancestors.
It was his military service with the Roman army that made him the perfect leader when he returned home sometime after 7 C.E. Arminius knew from his time serving with the Legions that a conventional style attack against the highly disciplined Roman army would be a disaster. He understood that if the the Legions were allowed to form into battle formation his Germanic warriors had little chance against such a highly skilled force. He also needed to restrict the use of the Roman cavalry, which in open fields could launch devastatingly lightning fast attacks on an enemies flanks. He formulated a plan that would use deception, and confinement, to limit the Roman army's ability to manuever, and use their battle tested formations. He had the perfect place in mind . A heavily wooded, marshy forest, with a swamp on one side. Here he would fight one of the greatest battles in Germanic history. This battle would later become known as the Battle of the Teutoberg forest.
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