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Border Disturbances

Contributed by David Verne

The Frisii, a Germanic tribe in what is currently the Netherlands, has besieged Flevum, a Roman border town. The governor of Lower Germany gathers an army and drives the Frisii off. After building a series of roads and bridges to transport his soldiers and supplies, he marches across the Rhine and defeats the Frisii, but Roman casualties are high, a reported 1,300 dead. Tiberius and Sejanus keep the amount secret so as not to alarm the populace. The Frisii sue for peace and manage to avoid conquest by offering a large tribute. [1]

My Take by David Verne
There was never another loss in Germania on the scale of the Teutoburg disaster, but this was still significant enough to cover up. It might have been that it would have been humiliating for a small nobody tribe to do so well against the Romans, and the Frisii became renowned throughout Germania.
My Take by Southpaw Ben
it's interesting to note that the Frisian's still have a distinct cultural identity today, including unique languages. These peoples are currently a part of Germany and Netherlands and have survived as a culture despite being conquered several times in the middle ages.

See Also


  1. Tacitus. Annals. 

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