Adrianople on the Ganges or the Tarim Basin?

Nov 2014
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#1
If Hadrian had decided to push forward instead of consolidating, could he have conquered Parthia and exceeded Alexander's conquest and conquered the Ganges basin, or maybe lead Roman troops into the Tarim basin? Or at the very least successfully conquer and consolidate Roman control over Persia?
 
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Nov 2010
7,648
Cornwall
#2
Didn't really go very well for Alexander.

There's 100 reasons why it would have been bonkers to just push on through asia. Trajan and Hadrian seemed to have a degree of common sense it seems to me.
 
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Sep 2013
619
Ontario, Canada
#3
No way it would've worked out, they wouldn't be able to hold onto it unless it was a permanent occupation. The cultures east of Egypt could not be Romanized, they were already ancient and established especially in Parthia. Even with just the partial conquests of Trajan (which conquered merely one of Parthia's capital cities) the Romans were way overextended, and in unfamiliar territory that was often hot and harsh. Something which Hadrian recognized, pulling the borders back to defensible ones that would consume less treasure for more security while also occupying the troops which both kept the Empire safe and him in power.
 
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Nov 2010
7,648
Cornwall
#4
No way it would've worked out, they wouldn't be able to hold onto it unless it was a permanent occupation. The cultures east of Egypt could not be Romanized, they were already ancient and established especially in Parthia. Even with just the partial conquests of Trajan (which conquered merely one of Parthia's capital cities) the Romans were way overextended, and in unfamiliar territory that was often hot and harsh. Something which Hadrian recognized, pulling the borders back to defensible ones that would consume less treasure for more security while also occupying the troops which both kept the Empire safe and him in power.
Sound common sense. Also it is fairly bad practice in ancient and medieval times to be away from the capital too much - too many plotters and coups about.
 
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