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Adrianople 378: The Goths Crush Rome's Legions

Adrianople 378: The Goths Crush Rome's Legions

Paperback Campaign

By (author) Simon MacDowall, Edited by David Chandler

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 254mm x 8mm | 388g
  • Publication date: 25 April 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841761478
  • ISBN 13: 9781841761473
  • Illustrations note: 75 b&w and 13 colour illustrations, chronology, bibliography
  • Sales rank: 484,821

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'Never, except in the battle of Cannae, had there been so destructive a slaughter recorded in our annals.' Thus the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus recorded the battle of Adrianople, which spelied 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. Simon Macdowall tells the story of the misguided Roman plans and the surprise attack of Gothic cavalry, and puts forward the most recent theories as to the true location of the battlefield.

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Author information

Simon MacDowall is a professional army officer with a life long passion for history. His hobbies include painting military figurines and wargaming. He has lived in England, Canada, Germany and Belgium as well as seeing service in Central America and the former Yugoslavia. He enjoys good food and drink travel, wilderness camping and writing.

Table of contents

Origins of the Campaign; Opposing Commanders; Opposing Armies; Opposing Plans; The Campaign & Battle; Aftermath; Chronology; Bibliography; The battlefield today