Battle of Hadrianople

Peter Heather, a leading light on Imperial Rome and its relationship with the “barbarians” has an illuminating article on the Oxford University Press Blog about the Battle of Hadrianople.
The battle, a debacle for the Eastern Roman Empire, was one of the turning points in the history of Rome and Byzantium, helping to usher in the end of the Western Roman Empire (and very nearly the Eastern, too) in the process, even if many subsequent battles were far less catastrophic. It was a severe shock to the Roman Empire, especially given the size of the army wiped out, the loss of the Emperor Valens.
In a way, I see the Battle of Hadrianople being a parallel to the Battle in the Teutoborg Forest in 9 AD, where Augustus lost Varus and his Legions. That battle, too, marked a turning point, too–Rome would never attempt to add what is now Germany to the Roman Empire again.
And if you haven’t read it before, the Oxford University Press blog is a fairly erudite, interesting blog full of stuff (its a group blog with a number of subjects and authors). I came across it thanks to Minnesota Public Radio, since a wordsmith from Oxford University who likes to delve into the origins of words occasionally stops by to discuss words and language. On his last visit,he plugged the blog and I added it to my newsfeeds.