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The Romans are coming

2009 local observance of Hermann’s victory over

March 2, 2009
By Ron Larsen Staff Writer

NEW ULM - In 9 A.D., Arminius, otherwise known as Hermann the German, led an army of Germans in destroying a Roman force under Publius Varas, derailing the Romans' plan to conquer Germany.

While the Sister Cities Commission has been working on plans for the local celebration of the victory, John Makepeace has come up with the linchpin to provide the historic "visual" for the celebration Sept. 18, 19 and 20 in Hermann Heights Park.

While in Chicago, Makepeace made contact with a group of "Roman" soldiers, and they agreed to bring their act to New Ulm for an re-enactment of the historic battle during New Ulm's celebration of Arminius' stunning victory over the Romans.

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Members of a Roman military re-enactment group, which is based in Chicago, are coming to New Ulm in September to participate in the re-enactment of the 9 A.D. battle led by Arminius, otherwise known as Hermann the German, against the Romans.

"Yes, the Romans take a big hit on this one," Makepeace said, with a chuckle. As he relates it, Arminius was a "trusted" member of the Roman army and a German who couldn't go against his countrymen.

So, it was a no-brainer for Arminius to make the Roman generals think he was loyal to their cause when he really wasn't.

Approximately 20 to 30 of these re-enactment Roman soldiers plan to come to New Ulm for the city's celebration in September. Makepeace's challenge now is to find enough make-believers locally to carry out the battle that will ensue during that weekend.



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