Germanicus Famous memorial

Lyon, Departement du Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France
Death 10 Oct 19 (aged 34)
Antioch, Hatay, Turkey
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Memorial ID 33304798 View Source

Roman Military Leader. He was born in 16 BC, and educated in Rome. He was a favourite of the Emperor Augustus, who considered him a potential successor. Augustus later decided in favour of his stepson, Tiberius, but compelled him to adopt Germanicus as his son and heir. It is recorded that he was an excellent soldier and military leader, and popular with his legions. He fought campaigns in Pannonia and Dalmatia, before being appointed consul in AD 12. When Augustus died in AD 14, he was appointed commander of the legions in Germany. Soon afterwards, rebel soldiers declared him Emperor in Tiberius' place. He put down the rebellion, and secured his troops' loyalty to Tiberius. He then led them on a devastating raid against the Marsi tribe of the Ruhr River. Over the next two years, he led his legions into Germany against the rebel leader Arminius. Most of the Germans fled into the forest rather than fight, but the raids succeeded in breaking up the rebel alliance. In AD 16 he met Arminius' army at the Battle of the Weser River, and inflicted huge casualties on the Germans. He was then recalled to Rome and given the honour of a Triumph. In AD 18 he was sent to Asia, where he added the kingdoms of Cappadocia and Commagene to the Roman Empire. He died suddenly in Antioch in AD 19. Tiberius was suspected of having him killed out of fear of his popularity. His death caused wide spread grief in Rome, and after his death, arches were built in his honour throughout the Empire.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Germanicus (24 May -15–10 Oct 19), Find a Grave Memorial ID 33304798, citing Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Find a Grave .