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Such pressure led the Goths to defeat and kill the Emperor Valens in 378 AD during the Battle of Adrianople

Gothic Cavalry return from foraging to attack the rear of the Roman army of Emperor Valens at the battle of Adrianople, AD 378. Artwork by Giuseppe Rava.

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This is the rebellion of the Goths that lead up to the Battle of Andrianople. All the equipment is mid fourth century, note the use of the Spatha, the baldric on the left side, and the late Roman ridge helmet.

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Celtic Fierce Sword warriors. These warriors often could afford a good sword and a helmet but chose to fight shirtless to demonstrate their bravery and ferocity.

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from The Deadliest Blogger: Military History Page

THE BATTLE OF ADRIANOPLE REVISITED

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Carnage in the thick of battle as the legions clash with the Gothic horde at Adrianople.

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