Chapter

The Disaster at Adrianople

Lenski Noel

in Failure of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233324
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233324.003.0008
The Disaster at Adrianople

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This chapter presents a discussion on the Gothic migration in 376 and the military problems it precipitated. The collapse of the Gothic settlement and the disaster at Adrianople are described. Ammianus clearly states that Valens granted permission to cross only to the followers Fritigern and Alavivus. The most obvious causes of the Roman defeat are the tactical and strategic errors made in the days and hours before the battle itself. Angry with his impudent nephew and determined to win the victory for himself, Valens then plunged his troops into the fateful battle of Adrianople, a military disaster that shook the foundations of the Roman Empire for decades to come, some would say forever, Adrianople not only ended his life but sealed his reputation as a deeply flawed and tragically failed emperor.

Keywords: Adrianople; Gothic migration; military disaster; Valens; Gothic settlement; Roman defeat; Roman Empire

Chapter.  23279 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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