Arminius is the son of a Barbarian Chief. As a boy, he is taken from his German family and raised in Rome, he is a living insurance policy to deter the Germanic tribes from rebelling against their new masters. Arminius is groomed for military service by the Romans. When his training ends, he is sent back to Germania to administer the province for the benefit of Rome. Arminius is horrified to discover the brutal treatment of the Germanic tribes by this adopted countrymen. The Empire is slowly starving the local population with punitive taxes.
Arminius resolves to rid Germania of Roman rule forever. However, he knows the power of a Roman Legion in battle. To level the playing field, he will need to unite the various German tribes under one banner and lure the Roman army into a deadly trap.
The six-part series Barbarians details the history behind one of the most epic battles in the ancient world. While the story gets most of the significant historical facts correct, the series takes plenty of leeway with the details. This is not uncommon in historical dramas; Braveheart is hardly an accurate portrayal of Scottish history.
What Barbarians does get right is the on-screen drama, unlikely some historical series, this one is character-driven. You get a history lesson wrapped up in an entertaining package. Laurence Rupp is brilliant in the role of Arminius and Jeanne Goursaud is sensational as fearless warrior Thusnelda. Fans have compared her character to Lagertha in the popular series Vikings. Like Lagertha, historical records point to Thusnelda being a real person and she was likely married to Arminius in real-life.
Barbarians is a German Netflix production, and it's filmed in German and Latin. You can switch on English dubbing, but I warn you now, the dubbed version is terrible. I recommend you watch it with subtitles turned on.