The Cantabrian Wars or Astur-Cantabrian Wars, from 29 BC to 19 BC, occurred during the Roman conquest of these northern provinces of Cantabria and Asturias. [19], The first of the campaigns fought by the Romans in this legendary account are the wars with various Latin cities and the Sabines. Early successes, including the repulse of the First Siege of Jerusalem[302] and the Battle of Beth-Horon,[302] only attracted greater attention from Rome and Emperor Nero appointed general Vespasian to crush the rebellion. After early Sassanid successes including the Battle of Amida in 359 AD and the Siege of Pirisabora in 363 AD,[345] Emperor Julian met Shapur in 363 AD in the Battle of Ctesiphon outside the walls of the Persian capital. Antony was denounced as a public enemy, and Octavian was entrusted with the command of the war against him. Rome is almost unique in the ancient world in that its history, military and otherwise, is documented often in great detail almost from the city's very foundation to its eventual demise. Although they lost militarily, the Socii achieved their objectives with the legal proclamations of the Lex Julia and Lex Plautia Papiria, which granted citizenship to more than 500,000 Italians.[189]. [231][232] Pompey initially defeated Caesar at the Battle of Dyrrachium in 48 BC[233] but failed to follow up on the victory. [195] Rome had destroyed many of the states that had previously policed the Mediterranean with fleets, but had failed to step into the gap created. [225][226] Relinquishing his army would leave Caesar defenceless before his enemies. Tarquin also agreed to a peace with the Aequi, and renewed the treaty of peace between Rome and the Etruscans. In 144 BC, Viriathus formed a league against Rome with several Celtiberian tribes[131] and persuaded them to rise against Rome too, in the Second Numantine War. [287][288] However, Vitellius, governor of the province of Germania Inferior, had also claimed the throne[289][290] and marched on Rome with his troops. They defeated Aurelian at the Battle of Placentia in 271 AD but were beaten back for a short time after they lost the battles of Fano and Pavia later that year. [71] When the Roman army won a convincing victory over these combined forces it must have become clear that little could prevent Roman dominance of Italy and in the Battle of Populonia (282 BC) Rome destroyed the last vestiges of Etruscan power in the region. Although the crisis of the 3rd century was not the absolute beginning of Rome's decline, it nevertheless did impose a severe strain on the empire as Romans waged war on one another as they had not done since the last days of the Republic. Philip, unsurprisingly, refused and, after initial internal reluctance for further hostilities,[142] Rome declared war against Philip in the Second Macedonian War. [128], About 154 BC,[128] a major revolt was re-ignited in Numantia, which is known as the First Numantine War,[127] and a long war of resistance was fought between the advancing forces of the Roman Republic and the Lusitani tribes of Hispania. In 53 BC, Crassus launched a Roman invasion of the Parthian Empire. At the Battle of Mutina Antony was again defeated in battle by Hirtius, who was killed. [175], Memories of the sack of Rome in 121 BC by Celtic tribes from Gaul, having been made into a legendary account that was taught to each generation of Roman youth, were still prominent despite their historical distance. Vespasian led his forces in a methodical clearance of the areas in revolt. [141] Rome gave Philip an ultimatum that he must submit Macedonia to being essentially a Roman province. Under Nero, the Romans fought a campaign between 55 and 63 AD against the Parthian Empire, which had again invaded Armenia. In this sense had Odoacer not renounced the title of Emperor and named himself "King of Italy" instead, the Empire might have continued in name. However, it took two further defeats at the Battle of Nicaea later that year and the Battle of Issus the following year, for Niger to be destroyed. The Parthians made peace but were forced to cede western Mesopotamia to the Romans.[308]. In the Battle of Locus Castorum the Othonians had the better of the fighting,[291] and Vitellius' troops retreated to Cremona. The Roman army battled first against its tribal neighbours and Etruscan towns within Italy, and later came to dominate the Mediterranean and at its height the provinces of Britannia and Asia Minor. The pressure of tribal groups pushing into the Empire was the end result of a chain of migrations with its roots far to the east:[317] Huns from the Russian steppe attacked the Goths,[318][319][320] who in turn attacked the Dacians, Alans and Sarmatians at or within Rome's borders. [34][35] Again in 508 BC Tarquin persuaded the king of Clusium, Lars Porsenna to wage war on Rome, resulting in a siege of Rome and afterwards a peace treaty.[33][34][36]. Most of the Roman Republic's campaign history consists of land battles. Following further aggression and further bribery attempts, the Romans sent an army to depose him. After early Sassanid successes including the Battle of Amida in 359 AD and the Siege of Pirisabora in 363 AD,[347] Emperor Julian met Shapur in 363 AD in the Battle of Ctesiphon outside the walls of the Persian capital. Following the First Punic War, naval battles were less significant than land battles to the military history of Rome due to its encompassment of lands of the periphery and its unchallenged dominance of the Mediterranean Sea. The triumvirate expired on the last day of 33 BC and was not renewed in law and in 31 BC, war began again. Early in his reign, Servius Tullius warred against Veii and the Etruscans. In the Battle of Turin Constantine defeated Maxentius, and in the Battle of Tzirallum, Licinius defeated Maximinus. Philip, unsurprisingly, refused and, after initial internal reluctance for further hostilities,[144] Rome declared war against Philip in the Second Macedonian War. [201] When the Helvetii and Tigurini[199] tribes began to migrate on a route that would take them near (not into)[202] the Roman province of Transalpine Gaul, Caesar had the barely sufficient excuse he needed for his Gallic Wars, fought between 58 BC and 49 BC. [129] The Lusitanians were initially successful, defeating a Roman army at the Battle of Tribola and going on to sack nearby Carpetania,[130] and then besting a second Roman army at the First Battle of Mount Venus in 146 BC, again going on to sack another nearby city. [143] In the Battle of the Aous Roman forces under Titus Quinctius Flamininus defeated the Macedonians,[145] and in a second larger battle under the same opposing commanders in 197 BC, in the Battle of Cynoscephalae,[146] Flamininus again beat the Macedonians decisively. However, just as he had been raised by the army, Maximinus was also brought down by them and despite winning the Battle of Carthage against the senate's newly proclaimed Gordian II, he too was murdered[336] when it appeared to his forces as though he would not be able to best the next senatorial candidate for the throne, Gordian III. Julian was killed in the Battle of Samarra during the retreat, possibly by one of his own men. In 275 BC, Pyrrhus again met the Roman army at the Battle of Beneventum. The Parthians made peace but were forced to cede western Mesopotamia to the Romans.[306]. In the Battle of Forum Gallorum Antony, besieging Caesar's assassin Decimus Brutus in Mutina, defeated the forces of the consul Pansa, who was killed, but Antony was then immediately defeated by the army of the other consul, Hirtius. The core of the campaign history of the Roman military is an aggregate of different accounts of the Roman military's land battles, from its initial defence against and subsequent conquest of the city's hilltop neighbours in the Italian peninsula, to the ultimate struggle of the Western Roman Empire for its existence against invading Huns, Vandals and Germanic tribes after the empire's split into East and … Pompey initially assured Rome and the senate that he could defeat Caesar in battle should he march on Rome. [192] In the subsequent First Mithridatic War, the Roman general Lucius Cornelius Sulla forced Mithridates out of Greece proper after the Battle of Chaeronea and later Battle of Orchomenus but then had to return to Italy to answer the internal threat posed by his rival Marius; consequently, Mithridates VI was defeated but not destroyed. However, although Gaul itself was to thereafter remain loyal, cracks were appearing in the political unity of Rome's governing figures – partly over concerns over the loyalty of Caesar's Gallic troops to his person rather than the state[205] – that were soon to drive Rome into a lengthy series of civil wars. Constantine's son Constantius II inherited his father's rule and later defeated the usurper Magnentius in first the Battle of Mursa Major and then the Battle of Mons Seleucus. [133] In 136 and 135 BC, more attempts were made to gain complete control of the region of Numantia, but they failed. First Macedonian War: Rome defeats Philip V of Macedon. [345], Certainly, the Sassanids had not been cowed by the previous battles with Rome and in 253 AD the Sassanids under Shapur I penetrated deeply into Roman territory several times, defeating a Roman force at the Battle of Barbalissos[345] and conquering and plundering Antiochia in 252 AD following the Siege of Antiochia. Grant and others argue that prior to when the Etruscan kingdom of Rome was established under the traditional fifth king, Tarquinius Priscus,[17] Rome would have been led by a religious leader of some sort. Tarquinius doubled the numbers of equites to help the war effort,[23] and defeat the Sabines. The Cimbrian War (113–101 BC) was a far more serious affair than the earlier clashes of 121 BC. Campaign history. The Fourth Macedonian War, fought from 150 BC to 148 BC, was the final war between Rome and Macedon and began when Andriscus usurped the Macedonian throne. However, as with all such ventures in this period, Rome responded by simply sending another army. Successive emperors Valens and Theodosius I also defeated usurpers in, respectively, the Battle of Thyatira, and the battles of the Save and the Frigidus. The ambitious Octavian built a power base and then launched a campaign against Mark Antony. [177], Memories of the sack of Rome by Celtic tribes from Gaul in 390/387 BC, had been made into a legendary account that was taught to each generation of Roman youth, were still prominent despite their historical distance. [328] At around the same time, lesser-known tribes such as the Bavares, Baquates and Quinquegentanei[321] raided Africa.[328]. Emperor Caracalla, the son of Severus, marched on Parthia in 217 AD from Edessa to begin a war against them, but he was assassinated while on the march. Explore, and marvel at the wonder of efficiency, precision, and force that was the Roman Army! As with most ancient civilizations, Rome's military served the triple purpose of securing its borders, exploiting peripheral areas through measures such as imposing tribute on conquered peoples, and maintaining internal order. The remaining main body of the Sabines attacked Rome and briefly captured the citadel, but were then convinced to conclude a treaty with the Romans under which the Sabines became Roman citizens.[21]. [2], Further east, Trajan turned his attention to Dacia, an area north of Macedon and Greece and east of the Danube that had been on the Roman agenda since before the days of Caesar[272][273] when they had beaten a Roman army at the Battle of Histria. Caesar defeated the combined forces of Titus Labienus and Gnaeus Pompey the Younger at the Battle of Munda in Iberia. As before, once opposition to the triumvirate was crushed, it started to tear at itself. [196] The pirates had seized the opportunity of a relative power vacuum and had not only strangled shipping lanes but had plundered many cities on the coasts of Greece and Asia,[195] and had even made descents upon Italy itself. The two armies met again on the Via Postunia, in the First Battle of Bedriacum,[292] after which the Othonian troops fled back to their camp in Bedriacum,[293] and the next day surrendered to the Vitellian forces. In response Trajan again marched into Dacia,[281] besieging the Dacian capital in the Siege of Sarmizethusa, and razing it to the ground. The Roman Empire at its greatest extent under Trajan in 117 AD, Marcomannic Wars (participating Roman units), Secure from interior enemies, Rome achieved great territorial gains in both the East and the West. Rome's borders in the east were indirectly governed through a system of client states for some time, leading to less direct campaigning than in the west in this period.[283]. [4] Romans "produced their share of incompetents"[5] who led Roman armies into catastrophic defeats. [172] Jugurtha was finally captured not in battle but by treachery,[173][174] ending the war. [259] Following a general uprising[260][261] in which the Britons sacked Colchester,[262] St Albans[263] and London,[263][264] the Romans suppressed the rebellion in the Battle of Watling Street[265][266] and went on to push as far north as central Scotland in the Battle of Mons Graupius. [180][189][190] Despite defeats such as the Battle of Fucine Lake, Roman troops defeated the Italian militias in decisive engagements, notably the Battle of Asculum. From its origin as a city-state on the peninsula of Italy in the 8th century BC, to its rise as an empire covering much of Southern Europe, Western Europe, Near East and North Africa to its fall in the 5th century AD, the political history of Ancient Rome was closely entwined with its military history. Conquest of the Iberian peninsula (219–18 BC), Macedon, the Greek poleis, and Illyria (215–148 BC), Campaign against the Cilician pirates (67 BC), Triumvirates, Caesarian ascension, and revolt (53–30 BC), Struggle with the Sassanid Empire (230–363 AD), Collapse of the Western Empire (402–476 AD), wars with various Latin cities and the Sabines, preliminary low-scale invasions of Britain, Usurpation of Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, Conspiracy of Catiline and the Jurgurthine War, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Campaign_history_of_the_Roman_military&oldid=996905187, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "Events before the city was founded or planned, which have been handed down more as pleasing poetic fictions than as reliable records of historical events, I intend neither to affirm nor to refute. [302] The Jews' anger turned on Rome following robberies of their temple and Roman insensitivity – Tacitus says disgust and repulsion[303] – towards their religion. [206] In 55 and 54 BC he made two expeditions to Britain. By 50 BC, the entirety of Gaul lay in Roman hands. Some small measure of stability again returned at this point, with the empire split into a Tetrarchy of two greater and two lesser emperors, a system that staved off civil wars for a short time until 312 AD. Caesar's supporter Mark Antony condemned Caesar's assassins and war broke out between the two factions. Mithridates the Great was the ruler of Pontus,[190] a large kingdom in Asia Minor, from 120 to 63 BC. According to Livy, the Rutuli were, at that time, a very wealthy nation. [204] In 55 and 54 BC he made two expeditions to Britain. [199] Following a consular term, he was then appointed to a five year term as Proconsular Governor of Transalpine Gaul (current southern France) and Illyria (the coast of Dalmatia). His military ability was tested by an attack from the Sabines. [3] The second is the civil war, which plagued Rome from its foundation to its eventual demise. [52][54] They were probably defeated by the exiled dictator Marcus Furius Camillus who gathered the scattered Roman forces that consisted partly of fugitives and partly those who had survived the battle of Alia, and marched to Rome. Tarquinius was desirous of obtaining the booty which would come with victory over the Rutuli. [326], At the same time, Franks raided through the North Sea and the English Channel,[327] Vandals pressed across the Rhine, Iuthungi against the Danube, Iazyges, Carpi and Taifali harassed Dacia, and Gepids joined the Goths and Heruli in attacks round the Black Sea. The Cimbrian War (113–101 BC) was a far more serious affair than the earlier clashes of 121 BC. The Lusitani revolted again in 146 BC under a new leader called Viriathus,[128] invading Turdetania (southern Iberia) in a guerrilla war. With this success in hand they managed to bring together a coalition of several previous enemies of Rome, all of whom were probably keen to prevent any one faction dominating the entire region. The distinction between hastati, principes and triarii, which had already become blurred, was officially removed, and th… Ancus Marcius led Rome to victory against the Latins and, according to the Fasti Triumphales, over the Veientes and Sabines also. [227] Pompey's forces retreated south towards Brundisium,[228] and then fled to Greece. The Pannonian revolt in 6 AD[245] forced the Romans to cancel their plan to cement their conquest of Germania. [301] Judea was already a troubled region with bitter violence among several competing Jewish sects[301] and a long history of rebellion. The Germanic tribes of the Cimbri[179] and the Teutons or Teutones[179] migrated from northern Europe into Rome's northern territories,[180] where they clashed with Rome and her allies. The war helped him to cement his position at Rome. Tarquinius returned to Rome and celebrated a triumph for his victories that, according to the Fasti Triumphales, occurred on 13 September 585 BC. In 51 BC, some Roman senators demanded that Caesar would not be permitted to stand for Consul unless he turned over control of his armies to the state, and the same demands were made of Pompey by other factions. [143] Rome gave Philip an ultimatum that he must submit Macedonia to being essentially a Roman province. At the start of the 5th century, the pressure on Rome's western borders was growing intense. The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest: The History and Legacy of the Roman Empire's Greatest Military Defeat analyzes the infamous battle. [82] Effectively dominating the Italian peninsula,[83] and with a proven international military reputation,[84] Rome now began to look to expand from the Italian mainland. Rome had, in the earlier Punic Wars, gained large tracts of territory in Africa, which they consolidated in the following centuries. The Empire became gradually less Romanised and increasingly Germanic in nature: although the Empire buckled under Visigothic assault, the overthrow of the last Emperor Romulus Augustus was carried out by federated Germanic troops from within the Roman army rather than by foreign troops. The internal unrest reached its most serious stage in the two civil wars or marches upon Rome by the consul Lucius Cornelius Sulla at the beginning of 82 BC. [278] Decebalus rebuilt his power over the following years and attacked Roman garrisons again in 105 AD. Tarquinius later went to war with the Rutuli. Between 135 BC and 71 BC there were three Servile Wars against the Roman state, the third and most serious,[182] may have involved the revolution of 120,000[183] to 150,000[184] slaves. The next decade saw an incredible number of usurpers, sometimes three at the same time, all vying for the imperial throne. In 144 BC, Viriathus formed a league against Rome with several Celtiberian tribes[133] and persuaded them to rise against Rome too, in the Second Numantine War. [203] To this end he stirred up popular nightmares of the first sack of Rome by the Gauls and the more recent spectre of the Cimbri and Teutones. Almost as soon as Niger's userpation had been ended, Severus was forced to deal with another rival for the throne in the person of Clodius Albinus, who had originally been allied to Severus. Introduction. From 206 BC onwards the only opposition to Roman control of the peninsula came from within the native Celtiberian tribes themselves, whose disunity prevented their security from Roman expansion. [198] The pirates had seized the opportunity of a relative power vacuum and had not only strangled shipping lanes but had plundered many cities on the coasts of Greece and Asia,[197] and had even made descents upon Italy itself. 194 BCE. In 121 BC, Rome came into contact with the Celtic tribes of the Allobroges and the Arverni, both of which they defeated with apparent ease in the First Battle of Avignon near the Rhone river and the Second Battle of Avignon, the same year.[178]. [26], Tarquin next began a war against the Volsci. The so-called Crisis of the Third Century describes the turmoil of murder, usurpation and in-fighting that followed the murder of the Emperor Alexander Severus in 235 AD. [53] The Romans met them in pitched battle at the Battle of the Allia[51][52] around 390–387 BC. In the Battle of the Colline Gate at the very door of the city of Rome, a Roman army under Sulla bested an army of the Roman senate and its Samnite allies. Caesar defeated the Helvetii in 58 BC at the Battle of the Arar and Battle of Bibracte,[208] the Belgic confederacy known as the Belgae at the Battle of the Axona,[199][204] the Nervii in 57 BC at the Battle of the Sabis,[199][209] the Aquitani, Treviri, Tencteri, Aedui and Eburones in unknown battles,[204] and the Veneti in 56 BC. The extensive campaigning abroad by Rome, and the rewarding of soldiers with plunder from these campaigns, led to a trend of soldiers becoming increasingly loyal to their commanders rather than to the state, and a willingness to follow their generals in battle against the state. However, in 406 AD an unprecedented number of tribes took advantage of the freezing of the Rhine to cross en masse: Vandals, Suevi, Alans and Burgundians swept across the river and met little resistance in the Sack of Moguntiacum and the Sack of Treviri,[360] completely overrunning Gaul. After Varus' defeat in Germania in the 1st century, Rome had adopted a largely defensive strategy along the border with Germania, constructing a line of defences known as limes along the Rhine. Since the Alps formed a natural barrier to the north, and Rome was none too keen to meet the fierce Gauls in battle once more, the city's gaze turned to Sicily and the islands of the Mediterranean, a policy that would bring it into direct conflict with its former ally Carthage.[84][85]. Blood from the bodies of the slain turned a small brook which flowed through the plain into a torrent. [131] The Lusitanians were initially successful, defeating a Roman army at the Battle of Tribola and going on to sack nearby Carpetania,[132] and then besting a second Roman army at the First Battle of Mount Venus in 146 BC, again going on to sack another nearby city. [132] In 139 BC, Viriathus was finally killed in his sleep by three of his companions who had been promised gifts by Rome. Constantine then turned upon Maxentius, beating him in the Battle of Verona and the Battle of Milvian Bridge in the same year. However, although Gaul itself was to thereafter remain loyal, cracks were appearing in the political unity of Rome's governing figures – partly over concerns over the loyalty of Caesar's Gallic troops to his person rather than the state[207] – that were soon to drive Rome into a lengthy series of civil wars. The arrival of the Roman Stilicho and his army forced Alaric to lift his siege and move his army towards Hasta (modern Asti) in western Italy, where Stilicho attacked it at the Battle of Pollentia,[356][357] capturing Alaric's camp. Trajan also campaigned against the Parthians from 114–117 AD and briefly captured their capital Ctesiphon, putting the puppet ruler Parthamaspates on the throne. After the Macedonians had been defeated in the Second Macedonian War in 197 BC, the Greek city-state of Sparta stepped into the partial power vacuum in Greece. [22] According to the Fasti Triumphales, the war occurred prior to 588 BC. During the reign of the Tetrarchy, emperors Diocletian and Galerius brought a decisive conclusion to the war, sacking Ctesiphon in 299 AD and expanding the Roman eastern frontier dramatically with the Treaty of Nisibis. Gaul never regained its Celtic identity, never attempted another nationalist rebellion, and remained loyal to Rome until the fall of the Western Empire in 476 AD. There was a further war in the 8th century BC against Fidenae and Veii. So now that we have a basic understanding of how the Roman army was organized and used as well as established some unique pieces of equipment that helped distinguish the Romans at war, it is time to actually get to the heart of the matter. [162] The Jugurthine War of 111–104 BC was fought between Rome and Jugurtha of Numidia and constituted the final Roman pacification of Northern Africa,[163] after which Rome largely ceased expansion on the continent after reaching natural barriers of desert and mountain. [10], Although the Roman historian Livy (59 BC – 17 AD)[11] lists a series of seven kings of early Rome in his work Ab Urbe Condita, from its establishment through its earliest years, the first four kings (Romulus,[12] Numa,[13][14] Tullus Hostilius[14][15] and Ancus Marcius)[14][16] may be apocryphal. [179] The Cimbrian War was the first time since the Second Punic War that Italia and Rome itself had been seriously threatened, and caused great fear in Rome. This pattern of meeting aggression in force and so inadvertently gaining territory in strategic counter-attacks was to become a common feature of Roman military history. [139], The First Macedonian War saw the Romans involved directly in only limited land operations. For the Romans, naval warfare was a relatively unexplored concept. The Latins of Antemnae and those of Crustumerium were defeated next in a similar fashion. [308], Although the essential problem of large tribal groups on the frontier remained much the same as the situation Rome faced in earlier centuries, the 3rd century saw a marked increase in the overall threat,[311][312] although there is disagreement over whether external pressure increased,[310] or Rome's ability to meet it declined. [298] Vespasian's troops then attacked Cremona itself,[299] which surrendered. [341] In 243 AD, Emperor Gordian III's army retook the Roman cities of Hatra, Nisibis and Carrhae from the Sassanids after defeating the Sassanids at the Battle of Resaena[343] but what happened next is unclear: Persian sources claim that Gordian was defeated and killed in the Battle of Misikhe[344] but Roman sources mention this battle only as an insignificant setback and suggest that Gordian died elsewhere. [346], Europe in 476, from Muir's Historical Atlas (1911), The Western and Eastern Roman Empires by 476. Despite being defeated in Iberia in the Battle of Baecula, Hasdrubal managed to break through into Italy only to be defeated decisively by Gaius Claudius Nero and Marcus Livius Salinator on the Metaurus River.[106]. [335] However, Avitus himself, after taking the imperial name Elagabalus, was murdered shortly afterwards[335] and Alexander Severus was proclaimed emperor by both the Praetorian Guard and the senate who, after a short reign, was murdered in turn. 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