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Requiring reconsideration is the significance of the 378 Visigothic defeat of Roman forces at Adrian

Requiring reconsideration is the significance of the 378 Visigothic defeat of Roman forces at Adrian

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Requiring reconsideration is the significance of the 378 Visigothic defeat of Roman forces at  Adrianopole. Theodosius was able to quickly resolve the situation, and though the Eastern Army  was decimated and the Eastern half of the Empire was in most direct danger, it was able to  continue for more than 1000 years more. Still, the great importance of the defeat was three-fold:  1) Theodosius' agreement to settle Alaric's people  within  Roman borders was new, and set a  precedent, since it was repeated for all others who appeared to acquiesce to Roman suzerainty in  the Visigothic manner. 2) While use of Barbarian slaves in Roman forces and employment of  Barbarian auxiliaries directly on the other side of Roman borders had already occurred, from the  370s, the whole sale Germanification of Roman legions began. Though perhaps not 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • Honorius, Roman borders, Roman forces, Barbarian soldiers, Barbarian military employment, Visigothic defeat

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