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Osprey Campaign 84 : Adrianople 378 AD : The Goths Crush Rome's Legions
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Osprey Campaign 84 : Adrianople 378 AD : The Goths Crush Rome's Legions

'Scarcely one third of the entire army escaped. Never, except in the battle of Cannae, had there been so destructive a slaughter recorded in our annals.'. So the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus recorded the battle of Adrianople, 9th August 378 AD, which spelled the beginning of the end of the Roman Empire. Such a crushing Roman defeat by Gothic cavalry proved to the Empire, as well as to the Goths themselves, that the migratory barbarians were a force to be reckoned with. Valens, the Emperor of the East was killed along with up to 40,000 Roman soldiers. Simon MacDowall tells the story of the misguided Roman plans to attack, the lack of adequate scouting which resulted in the surprise attack of Gothic cavalry, and puts forward the most recent theories as to the true location of the battlefield. Illustrations by Howard Gerrard.

    Contents
  • Origins of the Campaign
  • Opposing Commanders
  • Opposing Armies
  • Opposing Plans
  • The Campaign and Battle
  • Aftermath
  • Chronology
  • Bibliography
  • The Battlefield Today
  • Index

 

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