So-called “Grande Ludovisi” sarcophagus, with battle scene between Roman soldiers and Germans. The main character is probably Hostilian, Emperor Decius' son (d. 251 AD). Proconnesus marble, Roman artwork, ca. 251/252 AD.

The tragic Roman defeat at Adrianople was fought between an Eastern Roman army and Gothic rebels spelt the demise of the Empire.

Cole Thomas The Course of Empire Destruction 1836

The Western Roman empire, that existed for more than a millennium, fell within a span of a hundred years in 476 AD. The Dark Ages followed!

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