Friday, December 23, 2011

Article on the Battle of Adrianople almost done!!!

Yes, I know you've been waiting impatiently.  I've been pestered on the street as to when it will be ready.  I've had scantily-clad Roman history groupies who look like Stana Katic all over me trying to speed this thing up. People have taken hostages to force me to finish.

OK, maybe not.  But I can dream about that whole Stana Katic, thing can't I?

Anyway, you see the new link at the right.  The new article, titled "Cascading Failure: The Roman Disaster at Adrianople AD 378," is almost done.  The draft of the narrative is done.  I'm plugging in the cites.  It is massive, but I think it will be a worthwhile read.  Much of the length is due to some background for those not quite versed in Roman military history.  For those who are, the article will examine the Battle of Adrianople (Hadrianopolis)  and examine a somewhat new scenario, much like my article on the Battle of the Java Sea, for the conduct of the battle, how Roman failure just kept leading into another Roman failure, cascading into the eventual catastrophic defeat that ruined the Roman military and effectively ended the western Empire.

Anyway, afte the editing is done, it will be posted at Military History Online.  In the meantime, check out the other fine articles that site has to offer.


  1. Sorry, I don't know Stana Katic, else I'd send her over, but I can't wait to read your conclusions.

  2. War is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.