Disaster At Hadrianople


The worst military defeat that Roman forces suffered after the Battle of the Teutoberg Forest in 9 A.D. was the disaster at Hadrianople in 378.  Both of these crushing defeats occurred at the hands of Germanic tribes.  In the former battle, the emperor Augustus was haunted by the loss of three entire legions in the swampy German forests.  He could never really bring himself to accept it.

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