adrianople, the battle of
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adrianople, the battle of - Fought Aug. 9, a.d. 378, near the town of that name, between the Romans and the Goths. The Romans were defeated, and Valens, the eastern emperor, was never seen again. This battle, which led to a settlement of Goths within the frontiers of the Roman empire, was the beginning of that empire's downfall. The success of the Gothic cavalry against the Roman infantry established the superiority of the mounted man in European fighting for a thousand years.
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