It was at just this time

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It was at just this time (165-66) that Germanic tribes began to come over the Danube River into  Roman territory. Finding the Roman garrisons depleted due to the Persian campaigns and the  Plague, the Germanic Marcomanni and Quadi were even able to move through the Balkans and  descend upon northern Italy, reaching Aquileia. Not only raiding and withdrawing now, there  were hints that they would try to settle in Roman territories. The ferocity of their attacks was a  new phenomenon, and suggested that population build-up in Barbarian areas was pushing them.  Though facing military resource shortages, Marcus Aurelius was resolute in his response.  Raising taxes, depleting coinage of silver content, and even selling off some of the crown jewels,  he raised the necessary funds without borrowing. He then secured troops from all classes,  including slaves and gladiators, and built new fortifications along the front. From 167 on, he  fought on a nearly yearly basis on the border districts. After initial Roman losses, the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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