Thursday, August 09, 2007


This Day in Ancient History

On this day in 378, the Romans fought and lost big time to the Goths in Adrianople, which is in present day European Turkey (Western Thrace). The Romans may have lost 30,000 and the Emperor Valens was definitely killed. The battle is important for two reasons: 1) This was the beginning of the end of the Western Roman Empire; and, 2) This was the beginning of the rise of cavalry forces which would thereafter be preeminent in land battles for over a 1,200 years in Europe and the Middle East.


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