. . .  upon being informed of the disaster was reported to repeatedly smash his head against the wall of his palace, crying out “Quintili Vare, legiones redde!“ (‘Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions!’).

Here is the scene from the classic BBC’s I, Claudius, reworded slightly where he says ‘Eagle’, the standards for the legions (more on that below):

My wife and I watch I, Claudius over again every year.  We have it on VHS and last year I had to go to Target and buy the last and only VHS player they had. We have since gotten it on DVD, but it is well worth the time to watch every episode. So many great scenes and lines!

After the Battle of the Teutoberg Forest in 9 AD, while Rome mounted several expeditions east of the Rhine River in the years following, it never attempted a permanent settlement on that side of the River, keeping it as its boundary. The battle ended Roman expansion in Northern Europe.

Eventually, the tribes there, including the Vandals and the Goths, would become part of the force the destroys the Roman Empire.

The standards of all three legions were eventually recovered by Roman expeditions against the Germanic tribes. The last was recovered in 41 AD. In 50 AD, over forty years after the Battle, some Romans from Varus’ command, still held prisoners by the Germans, were liberated from slavery. Two of the Legions never had their numbers used again.

This battle is one of the missions in Nine Eleven.

Cool Gus time travel: