Greatest Roman victory and greatest Roman defeat (753 BC - 1453)

Jan 2017
4,085
Sydney
#41
the rot had been setting in for a long time ,
the level of the officer corps was uneven ,
while there still were good ones , military service was seen as one step up on the cursus
at worst some generals were hungry for a triumph and would do objectionable things to get one
there were problem with raising levies for the armies ,
in fact the plebs were already accepted by 150 BC and the Cohort was used as a tactical unit
 
Sep 2013
607
Ontario, Canada
#42
Adrianople 324 is an unusual choice. Can you please elaborate why you chose Constantine's victory over Licinius?
For one, sheer numbers, it exceeded the combatants present at Alesia, and two, for what was at stake for the victorious side. Ultimately it resulted in the Roman Empire having another thousand years of life within the bulwark of the city Constantine eventually designated as the new capital. But most of all third, for the general ability that Constantine displayed in order to achieve his victory, for he was outnumbered and in a weaker position than his entrenched opponent to start. It involved fording a river, sneaking some forces into superior position, and has been compared to Alexander the Great's victory when he crossed the river Jhelum at Hydaspes.
 

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