The new German TV-series is a real war drama based on real-life events.

Two thousand years ago, the Roman legions tried to conquer all of Europe. At that time, representatives of the powerful empire preferred to take the children of the leaders of the enslaved tribes hostage. The same happened with Arminius, who was the son of the leader of the German tribe called Cherusci. At a young age, he was sent to Rome, where he studied, became a military leader, and even got a status of a citizen of the empire.

Fighting on the side of Rome, Arminius returned to his homeland and switched sides. He was able to unite with other Germanic tribes and even fight back the Romans.

In world history, the name Arminius is associated with the battle in the Teutoburg Forest, where the Germans inflicted a heavy defeat on the Roman legions, and the military leader Publius Quintilius Varus lost his head.

Interesting Facts

  • All episodes of the first season of Barbarians were released on the Netflix streaming service on October 23, 2020, where all subscribers of the platform can watch it.
  • The life of the leader Arminius did not end with the victory over the Romans. After the battle in the Teutoburg Forest, Arminius tried to unite the Germans, but in the end, he was killed by his own tribesmen.
  • Despite the fact that the representatives of the Germanic tribes in the TV-series speak modern German, the Roman soldiers communicate exclusively in pure Latin.
  • It is interesting that until the end of the 20th century it was not known exactly where the battle in the Teutoburg Forest took place. Only in 1987 British archaeologist Tony Clann finally found this place. It is located near Kalkriese, which is twenty kilometers from the city of Osnabrück in the state of Lower Saxony.


This is a German historical drama TV-series.

The premiere of the first season of Barbarians took place on October 23, 2020, on the Netflix streaming service.

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