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Our animated historical documentary series on the evolution of Roman armies and tactics continues with a video on the military reforms of Roman Emperors Gallienus, Diocletian and Constantine, as the introduction of limitanei, comitatenses and other reforms changed the armies of the Roman empire.
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The militaries, armies, regiments, segments, calvalries, navies, seals, boot camps, troopers, recruiters, and other kinds of people in war served a great service
El legionario, eso si se puede ver, como ese tal élite palatina
actually if you think about if the auxilia were more reserve than non roman troops then there reserves
When you have test in Diocletian reforms tomorrow and you watch K&G to learn it
so were these late roman soldiers italian, barbarian, or some combination?
Principate Rome: gets army utterly destroyed "Hey! Barbarians! I didn't hear no bell!"
Dominate Rome: "please don't hurt me, I'll give you my lunch money"
Diocletian the most badass Vlaj ever
Funny and some videos cowboy play a more prominent role in yet comitates are infantry we're the cav
Can you guys please let me know what music you used at 10:00? I have been searching for it for so long but can't find it.
I just love this channel so much!
Well I think it makes sense The main infantry was holding up in a family's formation kind of like what the hotlines were but since they can't be diverged on multiple sides they have to have the observer's defender sides and rears and the algebra troopers being Eli palatina would basically make it sure it won't happen the auxiliary troopers are usually kept in the sides are now being held as palatina in more ways make sense really to think about it
As much as I love Caesar. If Rome was a republic l, it would have lasted longer.
The only worthy successor to Aurelian
Gallienus prohibited senators to lead an army thus mutilating Rome
Costantine garbled Diocletian reforms and sent the comitatensis in towns so strarting the decadence of the Roman army
I have a question. Did the west and eastern roman empire use the same equipment and armor?
How are there three emperors at the same time. Rome makes no sense.
So it's not inferior but more defensive
Vexulatiums were cohort ale to counter act raiders or skirmisher
I absolutely love the final commentary at the end. Great video!
Hail might lord
the savior ⚔️
What's up with the borders of this map?
Studying Diocletian. I’ve learned he was a nifty military leader. Poor economic strategist.
really not buying the notion that the Roman Empire was too big to be governed by one Emperor.
One could argue that as the Empire drifted further from the Gladius and their gods, so to did the Empire drift from the Emperor.
12:50 Cassius Dio is such a drama queen.
Until the 360s, the Limitanei were called "Ripenses". Also, I suspect Constantius II wanted Julian to lose at Strasbourg as Julian was outnumbered heavily by the Alemanni and Constantius had killed off many of Julian's relatives.
>comes out of nowhere
>declares war on the emperor
>wins and declares himself emperor
>fixes the empire
>abdicates after 20 years because "no one should rule for so long"
>lives retired till his peaceful death
He killed many Christians
I'm glad to see Gallienus getting more mentions, I feel that he is often overlooked, without him, the empire might as well have collapsed completely in the late 3rd century. Love the video!
I like how the Dominate Roman Army is often considered inferior to the Principate Roman Army when, instead, it has many parallels with current military reforms for better combat readiness. The main capability of the Roman Army became force projection, like today, and the older 5000 strong legions were replaced by more numerous and smaller 1000 strong legions with attached auxiliary units which are more easily deployable and more tactically relevant, much like today. The old massive divisions are now divided in Brigade Combat Teams for the Army or Marine Expeditionary Units for the USMC which are the standard deployable units for the Armed Forces and they are smaller regiment sized elements with organic support. Also, the equipment was, in fact, upgraded and became more protective with more resilient helmets and longer weapons with greater standoff range such as a long spear, a longer sword as sidearm and 5 smaller javelins/darts, instead of just the two pila. All in all, the late Roman Army seemed to have implemented very sound changes. Training for the regular army remained excellent according to sources but requirements became a bit more relaxed so, man for man, a Principate legionary might have been more professional but, overall, it remained a formidable fighting force
does anybody know what sources give hints about the transformation during diokletian/constantin?
you better not be blaming the whole gallic and palmyrene situation on gallienus
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Wasn't Constantine the Great the one who recognized Christianity in Rome?
now that I revisit this topic. I have a doubt.
Did the late roman army abandoned the practice of making the legionaries carrie their equipment with them?
High and Late Rome is underrated
I wonder why nobody ever brought up the idea of compaction. I know that’s not the only reason why Rome fell there were a multitude of reasons but no one can deny that over expanding their borders didn’t help
Amazing video, the quality of the animation only gets better everytime! 💗🤞✨