Cherusci

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Cherusci

 

a Germanic tribe. The Cherusci are first mentioned by Caesar. According to Tacitus, they settled along both banks of the middle Weser, along its tributaries, and near the Harz; their settlements extended to the Elbe. The tribe was conquered by the Romans in A.D. 4. In A.D. 9 insurgent Cherusci, led by Arminius, united with other Germanic tribes and annihilated three Roman legions under Varus in the Teutoburg Forest. Internal strife and wars with neighboring tribes led to the decline of the Cherusci after A.D. 21, and part of their territory came under the control of the Chatti. In the fourth century, the remaining Cherusci were assimilated by the Saxons.

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A combination of arrogant disdain for the Germans (whom he thought savages) (1) and bad tactics had allowed him to be surprised by a powerful army of Cheruscan javelin throwers who emerged from the apparently trackless forest and retreated again, only to launch another surprise attack, and another, and.
Arminius, the Cheruscan general, was no barbarian, he could speak Latin and had served Rome as an auxiliary officer.