- Sep 2017
- United States
The ultimate subjugation of Germania wasn't Augustus' goal. The Teutoberg incident was unfortunate, but not a death blow by any stretch. Germanicus, Constantine, etc. all had very successful campaigns against the Germans, handing them defeats and plundering their land.Well Augustus humself couldn't defeat them. And even during the heights of the Empire, they had frequent incursions. This obviously led to Marcus Aurelius's wars, and in part the Crisis of the Third Century. They were always a bug-bear that was there during the good times, and ultimately brought them down.
They were just the final nail in the coffin for the WRE.