Homeschool Project - Roman Empire

Map 14

275 AD

275AD : Recovery of Losses

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The empire soon found solace in the leadership of a strong new emperor however, as Lucius Domitius Aurelianus came to power in 270 AD. Aurelian, a strong and well respected general, immediately took action, repulsing the Alemanni and Marcomanne that had been invading Roman soil. He also evacuated Dacia, leaving it to the Goths. Aurelian then marched on Palmyra, taking back the Romans lands that had been lost, and then conquering the city of Palmyra, as well as the kingdom, in 272 AD. The Gallic empire in the west was soon defeated as well in 274 AD, although some believe that it's emperor Tetricus was more than happy to relinquish his position. Both the defeated Tetricus and Zenobia were paraded around Rome as tokens of victory, and then had their lives spared.

With the empire once again secure from internal strife and marauding barbarians, Aurelian planned to mount an offensive against the Persians to the east. Although the campaign was started, it could not reach it's full potential as the emperor was murdered in 275 AD by some of his own staff members. Their reasons for betrayal are still unknown.

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