The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

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The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by ceaserkhan22 on Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:37 pm

Who was the greatest foe of the Roman Empire?
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Re: The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by The Last Savoyard on Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:46 pm

It was the Sasanians.

I have readen recently that the roman emperors considered Persia as the real threat. We can also say that the persian were never defeated by the Romans like the Huns were in 451.
We can also remember this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Carrhae
It was not under Shapur I, but it demonstrates us that the persians were able to achieve complete successes against the Romans.

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Re: The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by vermis on Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:21 am

I woul disagree. Sasanians was worthy opponent to the romans, but it dont they dont apear to pose ann existential threat to the Roman empire the way huns did. Roman-sasanian wars was fought at the perifery between two empires and sasanians never invaded roman core territories and probably could not do so.
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Re: The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by SvennyBoi on Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:29 am

ceaserkhan22 wrote:Who was the greatest foe of the Roman Empire?

The greatest enemy of a Roman, was another Roman.
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Re: The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by SvennyBoi on Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:33 am

The Last Savoyard wrote:It was not under Shapur I, but it demonstrates us that the persians were able to achieve complete successes against the Romans.

No, it demonstrates a pretty common theme in Roman military history: A Roman army was only as good as the general at the head of it. Crassus was a businessman, not a general.
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Re: The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by Big_Appa on Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:08 am

Sasanians. The Germanic tribes and Goths brought about the fall of Rome but the Sasanians were opposing Rome for centuries.

If Rome was Superman, then the Germanic tribes are Doomsday. The Sasanians were Lex Luthor.
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Re: The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by Orange1861 on Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:33 pm

I would say either Khousu of the Sassanids for nearly destroying the empire in the early 600's or the Muslim states that eventually wiped it out.

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Re: The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by Koopinator on Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:04 am

I've said this before, But the greatest enemy of the roman empire was the Parthian empire.

People really underestimate the crucial effect that Trajan's parthian campaign had on the roman empire. Trajan failed to attain the vast and rich resources of the east, Which stopped roman expansion far more than teutoburg forest ever did.

The empire would still linger on for 1336 years, But the age of an expanding roman state was gone.
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Re: The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by GodDictatorLapland on Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:25 am

I don't consider Arminius to be a major threath, He defeated Varus at Teutoburg and forcer Rome out of Germania, but never posed a threath as the Huns, Visigoths, Southern Germans or Sasanians did
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Re: The Roman Empire's Greatest Enemy

Post by Ataturk Soldier on Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:11 pm

I am going to go with Huns
Also I dont believe Battle of Chalons was a defeat for Attila he just wanted to clean his way before the real invasion(452).
It was more of Roman propaganda art that Flavious Aetius won the war
Thats just my opinion though.
Only sources we have about the war belongs to Romans after all

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