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Entertainment "Barbarians" on Netflix: Did the 3 main characters really exist?

19:50  25 october  2020
19:50  25 october  2020 Source:   filmstarts.de

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The makers of the lavish history series " Barbarians " tried to be authentic in many ways when they prepared the events surrounding the battle in the Teutoburg Forest in AD 9. However, they also allowed themselves all sorts of liberties if it suited the dramaturgy of their story better, if it gave the characters additional emotional weight or if there was simply not a lot of guaranteed information on certain aspects.

© Katalin Vermes / Netflix "Barbarians" on Netflix: Did the 3 main characters really exist?

The three main characters Thusnelda ( Jeanne Goursaud ), Folkwin ( David Schütter ) and Arminius ( Laurence Rupp ) symbolize this approach ...

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Arminius, Thusnelda and Folkwin really existed ?

Arminius, torn between the Teutons and the Romans, and the Cheruscan warrior Thusnelda are based on real personalities of the same name from German history who lived around the year 0. And at least Arminius actually played a - if not THE - decisive key role in the battle in the Teutoburg Forest, even if something was screwed for "barbarians" on the barely surviving biographical details that brought him there.

Although his Germanic origins coincide with reality, he was in truth not the adopted son of the Roman general Varus (who actually existed, after all, the battle in question is also called the Varus Battle or sometimes even Varus Defeat).

In the spirit of his father Segimer, who had a leading position in his Cheruscan tribe, but was completely on the side of the Romans, the real Arminius led Germanic associations within the Roman army for a long time and was thus able to get along with the Roman military system familiarize. In the course of this he even obtained Roman citizenship and the rank of knight.

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When Arminius later returned to the Cheruscan tribal area and Varus resolved to penetrate further into the same area and bring the Germanic tribes under Roman control, the decision finally matured in Arminius for an uprising. He tried to earn Varus' trust so that he would not become suspicious, and was finally able to fall back on his in-depth knowledge of the Roman military in order to exploit its weak points and so defeat the seemingly overwhelming army.

That Thusnelda (from which the swear word "Tussi" is derived, by the way) was also actively involved in the battle in the Teutoburg Forest is not known on the other side. In any case, she had something to do with Arminius - but they were probably no childhood friends. Instead, Arminius kidnapped her years after the Varus Battle and finally took her as his wife.

Folkwin, on the other hand, is a completely free invention by the “barbarian” authors - which is why his secret relationship with Thusnelda is completely fictional.

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