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Battle of Adrianople | 381 AD-390 AD

The Battle of Adrianople shows the clear decline of Roman power, and Magnus Maximus becomes an unlikely Welsh folk hero.



The infamous Battle of Adrianople – the pitched battle between the ad hoc Thervingi Goths under the banner of Fritigern – against the hasty Roman Emperor Valens. As a battle and greater war nobody wanted or ever thought they would have to fight; for the Romans the Battle of Adrianople goes down in the annals of Roman history along with Cannae and the Teutoburg Forest.

Battle of Adrianople: A Conflict That Was Completely Avoidable

The Battle of Adrianople and the greater war could have been resolved with a bloodless victory for the Romans and Thervingi Goths.

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The First Great Migration Disaster | 371AD-380AD

It speaks heavily to the rapidly declining abilities – and more importantly absence of wise leadership – for the Romans To say nothing of the sheer tenacity of the various Goths who came to the banner of Fritigern.

Magnus Maximus: The Roman Who Became The Welsh Legend Macsen Wledig

Magnus Maximus: a Roman general who later became emperor rising up in the British isles is truly astonishing. Magnus Maximus’s story became a folk legend in Wales of all places. It is an amazing story that only our resident Briton could possibly tell.

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War in Ukraine: A Historical Guide to the Russian Invasion

As promised, here is the link to the Welsh legend of one Macsen Wledig

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For our Patreon submitted question – in our now famous middle segment – we answer the truly awesome question: “Who would we like to have on as guests of the podcast that are historical figures?”

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The A.D. History Podcast explores the last two thousand years of world history in an innovative new way. Join hosts Paul K. DiCostanzo and Patrick Foote as they examine the past two millennia, beginning in 1 AD, and progressing forward ten years every episode until they reach the modern day. Within each ten-year installment, Paul and Patrick aim to share incredibly important, but often overlooked fascinating historic events and figures from around the world in prospective fashion; attempting to see history through the eyes and in the world of those who lived it. By identifying these sometimes lesser known - but in no way less significant aspects of history - the A.D. History Podcast endeavors to take these many disparate threads and weave a fuller, richer tapestry of true world history from 1AD to HD.