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All six episodes of Barbarians are streaming on Netflix now and history fans cannot get enough of the gripping series. Who is Varus star, Gaetano Aronica? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who is Gaetano Aronica?
Gaetano Aronica is an Italian actor from Agrigento, best known for his film and television career.
Aronica is well recognised for his performance as Paolo Borsellino in miniseries Il capo dei capo [The boss of the bosses].
His other television credits include Flying Squad, Teresa’s escape and Come un delfino.
He has also starred in numerous films, including Friends to Die For and A Romanic adventure.
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Most recently, Aronica starred as Emanuele Di Salvo in the2018 film On My Skin, directed by Alessio Cremonini.
In On My Skin, Aronia starred alongside Marco Giuliani and Orlando Cinque.
Aronica is well jnown for his role as Nino Scordia in the Italian-German film Malèna.
The film was directed by Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore and was later nominated for both a Golden Globe and BAFTA in 2001.
In Barbarians, Aronica portrays Publius Quinctilius Varus, a Roman general and politician.
Varus lived under the first Roman emperor Augustus. And was one of the supporters of the heir of Julius Caesar, Octavian.
He is often remembered in the history books for having lost three Roman legions when ambushed by Germanic tribes, led by Arminius, (Laurence Rupp) at the Battle of Teutoburg Forest.
The XVII, XVIII and XIX legions, led by Varus also never appeared again in the Roman Army’s order of battle, following the feat.
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Following the defeat, Varus political legacy was destroyed.
Historian Hebert W. Benario explained to Smithsonian Magazine: “Varus was a very good administrator, but he was not a soldier.
“To send him out into an unconquered land and tell him to make a province of it was a huge blunder on Augustus’ part.”
Who else is in the cast of Barbarians?
The 15:17 to Paris star Jeanne Goursaud portrays Cheruscan princess, Thusnela in Barbarians.
She is joined by Charlies Angels star David Schütter as Folkwin and Mission Impossible’s Laurence Rupp as Arminius.
Also in the cast of Barbarians is The best of All Words actor Jeremy Milker.
Other cast members include Tibor Milos Krisko as Berulf Buddy, Bence Ferenczi as Berulf Buddy Y, Bernhard Schütz as Segestes and Eva Verena Müller as Irmina.
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