The Cycle From Nomadic To Sedentary And Then Conquered

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The cycle from Nomadic to sedentary and then conquered by nomads would spin its wheel right into the mighty Empire of Europe, as Roman expansion in Europe spreading its resources thin and the migratory period of nomadic tribes, like the Germanic Goths, to expand south near the black sea, from Scandinavia in the late first century AD. The Roman empire had always been on the offense for centuries, conquering territory after territory, but with every large empire, military units needed to increase to keep its boarders safe from invaders. Rome would rely on hiring foreign tribes as mercenaries in the north for protection, but even with this, the Emperor Diocletian would split the empire into four sections for better management. The Goths had…show more content…
The welcoming party was short lived, as the Visigoths were treated inhumanly by the Romans, allowing many to starve to death, and exploiting the children of Goths in exchange for dog meat. Feeling betrayed, in 376 AD, the Goths rebelled against Rome by plundering the nearby towns with whatever they can take. The Goths would continue pillaging the countryside of Rome, gathering resources and soldiers made up of prisoners of Rome and former slaves, and in 378 AD they went up against the emperor Valens himself at the battle of Adrianople. Consequently, Emperor Valens, along with two-thirds of his armies, perished under the brute force of Fritigern armies. This was one of the most devastating defeat to the Romans in centuries. The Visigoths armies would split in 380 AD with the Greuthungi going north to invade, and the Therving going south. The new Eastern Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, would campaign against the Goths and either defeated or signed a peace treaty with the Greuthungi Goths. Western Rome would send two generals to help its eastern counterpart against the remaining Goths producing no results, and in 382 AD, Rome would end the war with a treaty, allowing land distribution to the visigoths, while they agreed to produce men for Rome’s ever diminishing military. Rome would break the treaty with the foreigners after the death of Theodosius I a few years later, creating a series of catastrophic events for the western division of the empire. In 397 AD,

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