Glo asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

What happened in the germanic invasion of the roman empire?

Hey guy what can you tell me about it , I want a summary not the whole thing from wikipedia, I'll give 5 star for the best answer :)

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  • 8 years ago
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    There was no such thing as "the germanic invasion" because there were no "Germans" to invade. The Romans called just about everything beyond their own frontiers "Germania" but the inhabitants were not unified politically, culturally, or in any other way. What happened was never "an" invasion but many different wars over the course of Roman history with different individual peoples or coalitions from Germania. Most of this was raids and border wars, as when Julian the Apostate trounced the Alemanni around 360, or a (largely successful) Gothic raid into Greece and Asia Minor in the 200s. Others were serious and extended crises; the Marcomannic Wars of the 160s, or the depredations of Attila the Hun in the 440s (the Huns were not Germanic, but they built a coalition of many peoples, many of which were Germanic).

    The group to have the most lasting impact were the Vandals; together with some others, they took advantage of the freezing of the Rhine River in 406/7 AD to bypass the usual frontier defenses and raid their way across Gaul. The Roman army was preoccupied with its internal issues and responded slowly, so the Vandals made their way to Spain and holed up in the isolated mountains of Granada in the south. They stayed their for 20 years, then a Roman political intrigue opened up an opportunity and they crossed into northern Africa, which they took over in the 430s. Their kingdom lasted for almost 100 years there, even raiding Rome itself by sea in 468, until the eastern Roman empire invaded and destroyed it about 530.

    In reality, though, immigration was more important than invasion. The Roman Army recruited anyone fit to serve into its ranks, regardless of ethnicity, and many "Germanic" people signed up for service. In the late empire, entire allied peoples were allowed to settle in the empire under treaty, keeping their own leaders, called "federate" peoples. These were peoples like the Franks, Ostrogoths, Burgundians and Visigoths (and smaller groups). When factional rivalries in the military tore the empire apart in the 5th century, the kings of these immigrant peoples were generally left as the most effective local leaders, and so the provinces of the empire turned into the kingdoms of early medieval Europe.

  • tuffy
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    The pressure from the Germanic tribes eventually caused the Roman Empire to fall. The Roman Empire had become so large the Romans could not protect all of it.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    first round

    Rome -1 Germanic tribes-0

    last round

    Germanic tribes won that time Rome had been conquered by Christianity, had a smaller army(wasn't like war-hardened like it used to be) and empire wasn't able to protect the things it once did.

    Source(s): i guess your enemies don't suffer from Attention-Deficit-Disorder. It pays to keep a Great Army.
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