Flavus shouted : " Roman greatness, the power of the Emperor. There is always mercy waiting for those who submits himself to Rome."
Arminius yelled back : I hail the sacred call of our country ; their ancestral liberty ; the Gods of their German hearths ; And what of our mother who prays with me, that I should not choose the title of renegade and traitor to his kindred .... to the whole of his race in fact, before that of their liberator."
This shouting match strikes me on two levels : First of all I am struck by the fact that Flavus could turn his back on his own people, and take up arms against them. Then there is the contrasting nobility of Arminius who is willing to die for kindred, Gods, and country which is so commendable. All those who have Germanic blood should be proud of what this great warrior accomplished against the great Roman legions. Second, if you read it closely the argument almost looks like a modern argument between a Christian and an Asatruar. You could almost make what Flavus says read : " Heavens greatness, the power of God. There is always mercy for those who submit to Jesus Christ. The Asatru response, by Arminius, then almost fits just as well, as is, in this context.
Remember my friends that our religion is about our Gods and Goddesses first and foremost, but it is the ancestral blood that pumps in our veins that draws us to Them. This bloodline back to our ancestors is what has tied our souls forever to the Old Gods, and is what seperates us from the Christian religion.
In September I will be honoring Arminius, on September 9th, for what he did in battle against Varus and his three legions. I will also be writing a few articles about this great leader, great German, and great warrior. Hope you enjoy the articles as much as I will enjoy writing them.
Further reading :
Tacitus : Agricola - Germany, Oxford World Classics
The Battle That Stopped Rome, by Peter S. Wells
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !