Lost eagles 🦅
of Roman army
The Battle of ⚔️ TAPÆ
In 86, during the Dacian Wars of the Domitian, the fifth legion of Alaudae was completely annihilated at the Battle of Tapae, and his eagle was captured by the victorious Dacians. Domitian’s Dacian wars started with general Oppius Sabinus leading I Italica (and vexillations from V Macedonica) killed and the legion destroyed. Domitian’s first campaign in Dacia had Cornelius Fuscus, general and commander of the Pretorian Guard, lead 6 legions into GETÆ Empire, which were badly beaten, with Fuscus killed and the Legion V Alaudae being destroyed and losing it’s eagle and most of the standards (including the standard of the Praetorian Guard).
For the second GETÆ campaign, Domitian had general Tettius Iulianus lead at least 6 legions. Another roman legion (XXI Rapax) was destroyed in Moesia inferior in 92. For his GETÆ campaigns, emperor Trajan summoned no less than 17 legions. Just as a short summary, 2-3 roman legions completely destroyed, an army of 6 legions beaten, with another 17 legions army summoned for the last invasion!
In 378 A.D. also the Romans suffered a defeat in the battle of Adrianople. It comprised seven legions — among which were the Legio I Maximiana and imperial auxiliaries and it ended with an overwhelming victory for
the Goths the Gets and the death of Emperor Valens. Part of the Gothic Getic War (376–382), the battle is often considered the start of the process which led to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century.
At least 30 ⚔️ legions
& at most 30 🦅 eagles
Bărboşi, Horezu, Răcari 🇷🇴
Orlea & Sălcuţa 🦅 eagles
Absolutely by chance, a Roman bronze aquila discovered in the ploughed field in the area of the locality Sălcuţa, Dolj County, south of today Romania. The piece was fully cast, and its weight shows that the metal composition contains, except for bronze or other metals, an important quantity of lead. On its surface there is a greenish patina, characteristic of ancient bronze pieces; this patina is „interrupted” from place to place because the piece was gilded on the entire surface. The few preserved details allow us to consider that the aquila was carefully made.
If we take into consideration that the piece was gilded then we can say that it is a valuable representation belonging to an important military unit; Dimensions: the length- 16.8cm; the height- 8.2cm. Weight- 340g.
360 ° the Praetorian Guard story
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