Adrianople AD 378: The Goths overwhelm Rome’s legions via Simon MacDowall (Campaign #84)
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Overview: Osprey’s exam of the Battle of Adrianople (378 AD), fought between Goth rebels, led via Fritigern, and the Roman military, led via Emperor Valens. ‘Never, apart from within the combat of Cannae, had there been so damaging a slaughter recorded in our annals.’ Thus the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus recorded the combat of Adrianople, which spelled the start of the top of the Roman Empire. Such a crushing Roman defeat via Gothic cavalry proved to the Empire, in addition to to the Goths themselves, that the migratory barbarians had been a drive to be reckoned with. This guide tells the tale of the erroneous Roman plans and the wonder assault of Gothic cavalry, and places ahead the latest theories as to the actual location of the battlefield.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History