What If…Varus had not trusted Arminius before the Battle of Teutoburg Forest?

What if Varus had not trusted Arminius before the Battle of Teutoburg forest-

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What if Varus had not trusted Arminius before the Battle of Teutoburg forest? (History , why is Edward Cullen appears in History tag by the way? Just noticed. Woe upon us, he is in our history now!)

He was warned beforehand that Arminius was planning a revolt, but he chalked it up to nothing more than gossip and an attempt to smear Arminius, but what if he had listened instead?

Would the Roman conquest and occupation of Germany have been permanent?

Would having Rome’s borders at the Elbe instead of the Rhine have made it more successful at defending against the barbarian incursions that eventually played a part in the Western Roman Empire’s downfall?

Would Rome have even stopped at the Elbe, or would they have pushed even farther into Europe?

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3 Comments on "What If…Varus had not trusted Arminius before the Battle of Teutoburg Forest?"

  1. Sauroposeidon April 23, 2015 at 6:38 am -      #1

    Edward is probably there because I suggested that match where he fights the vampire hunter version of Abraham Lincoln a while ago.

  2. batman3.14 April 23, 2015 at 11:36 am -      #2

    They probably might have pushed more depending how much more resistance they had to beat through.

    Remember even though they MIGHT have been more successful at defending from barbarians later, but that is not the only factor in downfall of Rome. As the OP said, “eventually played “A” part in the in the Western Roman Empire’s Downfall. Another reason of its downfall was that is was stretched so far. They couldn’t protect all of the land without hiring non-citizen mercenaries who were not loyal to the empire. If they pushed even more, the problem would have been even more great, and the economy would have been even more stressed.

  3. itcheyness April 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm -      #3

    They also lost most of their income when the empire was split in two, since their most profitable regions were almost all in the east.

    With many of the barbarian tribes subjugated before they became a threat, that severely lessens their threat to Roman borders and allows them more resources to divert to economic health.

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