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Arminius (; 18/17 BC–AD 21) was a chieftain of the Germanic Cherusci tribe who is best known for commanding an alliance of Germanic tribes at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in AD 9, in which three Roman legions under the command of general and governor Publius Quinctilius Varus were destroyed. His victory at Teutoburg Forest precipitated the Roman Empire's permanent strategic withdrawal from Germania Magna, and modern historians regard it as one of Rome's greatest defeats. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arminius has received more than 3,445,613 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Arminius is the 24th most popular military personnel (down from 20th in 2019), the 82nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 80th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Military Personnel.

Arminius is most famous for being the Germanic chieftain who led a coalition of tribes to victory over three Roman legions in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.

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Among military personnels, Arminius ranks 24 out of 2,058Before him are Chiang Kai-shek, Themistocles, Manfred von Richthofen, Erich von Manstein, Cao Cao, and Friedrich Paulus. After him are Heinz Guderian, Cesare Borgia, Jan Žižka, Wilhelm Keitel, Guan Yu, and Vercingetorix.

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Among people born in 17 BC, Arminius ranks 1After him is Lucius Caesar. Among people deceased in 21, Arminius ranks 1After him is Quirinius.

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Among people born in Germany, Arminius ranks 82 out of 7,253Before him are Friedrich Paulus (1890), Charles the Bald (823), Martin Bormann (1900), Karl Jaspers (1883), Heinrich Hertz (1857), and Charles Bukowski (1920). After him are Peter III of Russia (1728), Helmut Kohl (1930), William Herschel (1738), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Heinz Guderian (1888), and Gottlieb Daimler (1834).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Arminius ranks 6Before him are Karl Dönitz (1891), Erwin Rommel (1891), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Erich von Manstein (1887), and Friedrich Paulus (1890). After him are Heinz Guderian (1888), Wilhelm Keitel (1882), Michel Ney (1769), Baron Munchausen (1720), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), and Ernst Röhm (1887).