The battle of Adrianople - a significant historic event.

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The battle of Adrianople - a significant historic event.

Post by danica » Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:46 pm

[Note: Thank you to the posters below for their help in correcting my errors.]

Salvete, everyone.

I came across a History Channel on our new cable [I'm T.V. illiterate :roll:], and they were discussing the Goths [Germanic, who, at that time, were an historic pagan nation], and the Roman Empire.

I thought I'd write down what I saw on this documentary. Feel free to notify me of any errors.

I would like to add this as a small contribution to the forum. :)

For those of who who can add to this piece of beautiful history, please do so! It's incredible - to say the least.

In this documentary, it stated, in 387 A.D., that the Romans took the Goths captive, after the Emperor, Constantine, agreed to, in fact, give the Goths food, land, and supplies.

They were put in concentration camps for a number of years, and the fragile [the children and elderly] of the people all perished from hunger. I will not emphasize on their cruel state of life, as I do not see it necessary to go into all that.

Strangely enough, the Goths, at that time, became Catholic. I suppose they must've heard the Gospel of Our Lord through some of the Roman soldiers in the camp. After their time came to 'collect their promised food, supplies, etc.', the Emperor and soldiers in the city stopped the Goths from entering.

Now, angry, hungry, and starving, the Goths broke down the gates of the city, and wiped out the entire army in that small city camp! They stocked up on food, water, and weapon supplies, because they knew all too well that this had resulted in a direct war with Rome itself.

The emperor, himself, went to make war against the Goths, bringing along with him a 1/3 of his army [15,000 soldiers]. Of course, he felt assured of a mighty victory; after all, no one could defeat the Roman Empire! Wink

From what I could gather, the battle was one of the most fierce in Roman history, and lasted for quite some time. Yet, I believe the most shocking part of this battle was that Rome had not just lost a 3rd of its army, but its Emperor, as well - all in one day.

After Rome had assigned a new emperor to power, he gave the Goths their promised land, crops, cattle, and food, but in exchange for their service in Rome's army. This seemed to be quite fair, but during the 20 years of the Goths' service to Rome, they had lost thousands upon thousands of their people in battle; all in the name of Rome.

It was during the Goths' 13-year service to Rome, that a soldier, Alaric, after seeing countless of his people die, stood up, in rebellion, against all of Rome. Because he was a strong, and well-educated Roman soldier, he knew every tactic and skill on fighting, and winning a fight; and it was these very skills that he was to use against Rome.

[403 - 410 A.D.] During the last seven years of the Goths' service to Rome, Alaric, now the general of this army, together with the entire Goth army and population, wiped out every roman soldier in that area occupied by the emperor; moving on, from thence, to the City of Rome. Knowing very well that Rome's army was anything but small, the Goths added new soldiers to their army during their extended journey through other cities/countries such as Italy, and the like.

[410 A.D.] By the time they reached the City of Rome, the Goths were a strong, and vengeance-filled army. Conquering Rome was an easy task, because no one expected the Goths to ever stand up against this great power; who was undefeated for over 800 years.

After their conquering of Rome, the Goths took up as much spoils as they could carry, and stayed but three nights, before heading forward to occupy more land. Alaric, however, having been faithful in carrying out his vengeance against all of Rome, died four months later, at the mere age of 40, after suffering from a fever.

In the following years, the Goths established the biggest kingdom ever known [at that time], reaching across Rome, Italy, Turkey, and other regions, as well. Turkey was their main city, and the Goths lived in peace for over 300 years, under the faithful leadership of Christian emperors and leaders.

In 911 A.D., the Muslims, crossing from Africa, entered Turkey, and destroyed the Goth nation; hence, destroying its rich Christian heritage, turning it into the Muslim country that we know it to be today.

Ancient artifacts have been discovered in Turkey, such as crosses, and pieces of broken buildings. This was also shown on the documentary.

I hope that what I've written down has made sense! *Laughs*

I hope that someone, who did not know this, although I'm sure most of you did, will enjoy it.

I'm currently 'goo-gelling' Google.com for more information on this historic event.

Again, if anyone here has any contributions, please post them. ;)

Blessings.
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Post by Adelheid » Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:55 pm

danica wrote:the Goths [ancient Greeks, who, at that time, were an historic pagan nation]
The Goths were Germanic, I thought.
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Post by danica » Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:18 pm

Adelheid wrote:
danica wrote:the Goths [ancient Greeks, who, at that time, were an historic pagan nation]
The Goths were Germanic, I thought.
No; they were the ancient Greeks. :) I'll try and find some more info on them for you.

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Post by Adelheid » Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:24 pm

danica wrote:No; they were the ancient Greeks. :) I'll try and find some more info on them for you.
Try this for starters. East Germanic tribes.
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Re: The battle of Adrianople - a significant historic event.

Post by anphph » Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:32 pm

danica wrote:
Adelheid wrote:
danica wrote:the Goths [ancient Greeks, who, at that time, were an historic pagan nation]
The Goths were Germanic, I thought.
No; they were the ancient Greeks. :) I'll try and find some more info on them for you.
They were Germanic. Adrianopolis is near/at the "limits" of Greece, though, which may have led to some confusion.

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Re: The battle of Adrianople - a significant historic event.

Post by danica » Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:20 pm

MiguelM wrote:
danica wrote:
Adelheid wrote: The Goths were Germanic, I thought.
No; they were the ancient Greeks. :) I'll try and find some more info on them for you.
They were Germanic. Adrianopolis is near/at the "limits" of Greece, though, which may have led to some confusion.
This is awfully strange. If they were Germanic, why on earth did the spokes-person on the documentary call them 'Ancient Greeks"? :shock:

Now that is what I call erroneous documentation. :roll:

Thank you for the help, guys! I'll edit my post. :)

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Post by danica » Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:28 pm

Adelheid wrote:
danica wrote:No; they were the ancient Greeks. :) I'll try and find some more info on them for you.
Try this for starters. East Germanic tribes.
Thank you! Ah, as I mentioned above, even History Channels seem to be erroneous at some point. I'll try and track down that documentary online; it should be available at DSTV.com.

I'll have a look.

Thank you again, guys. And I ask sincere pardon for the mistake.

One thing that seemed strange to me, was that the Greeks and Romans lived in "peace" during the early years prior to Christ; now, according to them [the channel], they were arch-enemies. That, in itself, confused me. :?:

But I thought I might've just "missed" something...

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