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View Poll Results: Rome's toughest enemies
Gauls(Brennus+the Gallic Wars, Helvettii, Belgae, Averni,)Verxongetorix alliance. 1 2.94%
Samnites 1 2.94%
Hellenistic Kingdoms(+King Phyrus) 1 2.94%
Carthaginians(+Hannibal) 14 41.18%
Germanic hordes of 1st-2nd Century BC(Cimbri, Tetones, Suebi) 2 5.88%
Iberians 0 0%
Dacians 1 2.94%
The Britons 0 0%
Iranian Empires(both Parthian and Sassanid) 9 26.47%
Germans living by the Rhine border(ie. Arminius) 0 0%
Germanic hordes of the East(Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Vandals) 2 5.88%
Sarmatians 0 0%
Pontus 0 0%
Huns(+Atilla) 1 2.94%
Numidians/Berbers 0 0%
other? 2 5.88%
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Old August 5th, 2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Who do you think was Rome's toughest enemy that they faced in terms of both tactical and strategic and ones that dealt their greatest defeats and posed the most threats to the destruction of empire?
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First place goes to - themselves.

Second place, by a long shot - the Sassanid Persians.

This is, of course, if we are talking about the Imperial period. Earlier on, I'd be inclined to say the Gauls as a culture, or Carthage if we must talk about singular political units.
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The Sassanid should be here. However, in my opinion it was Germanic Tribes. Why? Financially, it was horrible idea to try and annex the entire region/area. The Parthians, Gauls, and even Carthage despite being strong and hard to beat, were at the end defeated, or annex, but the Germanic tribes... they were not worth it. For that reason, they were the toughest to beat
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Hannibal. Who else dealt blow after blow for over a decade on ITALIAN SOIL! We are talking the toughest here, right?
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Hannibal. Who else dealt blow after blow for over a decade on ITALIAN SOIL! We are talking the toughest here, right?
Depends. The Teutones and Cimbri dealt a defeat even worse than Cannae. The Persians defeated 3 armies led by Emperors themselves and Atilla laid siege and destroyed more cities than Hannibal ever dreamed.
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At first, Romans themselves.
Then Carthage, and a little later Sassanids.
At last, Gauls
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Depends. The Teutones and Cimbri dealt a defeat even worse than Cannae. The Persians defeated 3 armies led by Emperors themselves and Atilla laid siege and destroyed more cities than Hannibal ever dreamed.
I was more thinking of a single commander who was etremely tough to beat. Persia was on another level than Carthage. Hannibal was winning hearts and minds throughout the Italian peninsula. They needed some one as tough as Rome to lift the yoke from there shoulders, unfortunately things didn't work out for Hannibal and he left them to the mercy of Rome.
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I was more thinking of a single commander who was etremely tough to beat. Persia was on another level than Carthage. Hannibal was winning hearts and minds throughout the Italian peninsula. They needed some one as tough as Rome to lift the yoke from there shoulders, unfortunately things didn't work out for Hannibal and he left them to the mercy of Rome.
Actually Shapur I was the guy that defeated 3 Roman emperors and conquered huge amounts of Roman territory and Armedia, so as Atilla the Hun.

Not really, Capua defected to Hannibal but after his years and years in Italy the diplomatic mission was a failure due to Carthage being overstretched. Many Italian cities still favored Rome rather than some invader who killed Italian soldiers.

Hannibal is probally the smartest enemy Rome faced or at least the well recorded.

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At first, Romans themselves.
Then Carthage, and a little later Sassanids.
At last, Gauls
"A united Gaul could defy the world"

Julius Caesar.
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"A united Gaul could defy the world"

Julius Caesar.
If only this could have happened. History would have become more interesting. What do you say??
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