The Day of the Barbarians: 9th of August 378 (History of Wars 12)
Денят на варварите: 9 август 378 г. История на войните
Category: Late Antiquity; Weapons and warfare
9 agosto 378. Il giorno dei barbari
On 9th of August 378 AD, at Adrianople in the Roman province of Thrace, the Roman Empire began to fall. Two years earlier, an unforeseen flood of refugees of East Germanic Goths had arrived at the Empire's eastern border, seeking admittance. Though usually successful in dealing with barbarian groups, in this instance the Roman authorities failed. Gradually coalesced into an army led by Fritigern, the barbarian horde inflicted on Emperor Valens the most disastrous defeat suffered by the Roman army since Hannibal's victory at Cannae 600 years earlier. The Empire did not actually fall for another century, but some believe this battle signaled nothing less than the end of the Ancient World and the start of the Middle Ages.
With impeccable scholarship and narrative flair, renowned historian Alessandro Barbero places the battle in its historical context, chronicling the changes in the Roman Empire, west and east, the cultural dynamics at its borders, and the extraordinary administrative challenge in holding it together. Vividly recreating the events leading to the clash, he brings alive leaders and common soldiers alike, comparing the military tactics and weaponry of the barbarians with those of the disciplined Roman army as the battle unfolded on that epic afternoon.
Table of contents
I. Римската империя през IV век
II. Империята и варварите
III. Готите и Рим
IV. Извънредното положение през 376 година
V. Избухвнето на войната
VI. Битката „При върбите“
VII. Войната продължава
VIII. Валент се раздвижва
IX. Адрианопол, 9 август 378 г.
X. След катастрофалното поражение
XII. Реакцията против варварите
Бележки и препоръчителна библиография
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