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"Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions!"
Augustus, Roman Emperor, in the aftermath of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

The Germanic Wars were a series of conflicts fought between the Romans, and later Byzantines, against various Germanic barbarian tribes. Starting in 113 BC with the Cimbrian War (113 BC – 101 BC) and ending with the Byzantine-Lombard Wars (568 AD – 750 AD), the Germanic Wars was one of the longest conflicts in history, lasting even longer than the contemporary Roman-Persian Wars (66 BC – 628 AD). Although the nature of these conflicts varied throughout its history, with wars ranging from small raiding parties to full scale invasions, the Germanic Wars ultimately helped pave the way for the downfall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the feudal kingdoms of Western Europe.

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