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{{Campaignbox Gothic War (376-382)}}
 
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The '''Battle of the Willows''' (<!--Exact date controversial, must be sourced-->377) took place at a place called ''ad Salices'' ("town by the willows"), or according to Roman records,{{Which|date=March 2012}} a road way-station called ''Ad Salices'' ("by the Willows"); probably located within 15 kilometres of [[Marcianopolis|Marcianople]] (modern day [[Devnya]], Bulgaria),{{Citation needed|date=November 2013}} although its exact location is unknown. Forces from the Western Roman Empire under the command of [[Richomeres]] advanced westward, while forces of the Eastern Roman Empire under [[Traianus (magister peditum)|Traianus]] and [[Profuturus]] advanced northward where they joined forces to attack the Goths who had recently rebelled under command of [[Fritigern]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://romanhistorybooksandmore.freeservers.com/r_day-of-barbarians.htm|title=The Day of the Barbarians: The Battle That Led to the Fall of the Roman Empire|last=Hahn|first=Irene|work=Book review|publisher=http://romanhistorybooksandmore.freeservers.com|year=2007|accessdate=2008-04-19}}</ref> and were laying waste to the northern Balkans. It was the first major conflict of the Gothic War and both sides were ready to prove their merit.
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The '''Battle of the Willows''' (<!--Exact date controversial, must be sourced-->377) took place at a place called ''ad Salices'' ("town by the willows"), or according to Roman records,{{Which|date=March 2014}} a road way-station called ''Ad Salices'' ("by the Willows"); probably located within 15 kilometres of [[Marcianopolis|Marcianople]] (modern day [[Devnya]], Bulgaria),{{Citation needed|date=November 2014}} although its exact location is unknown. Forces from the Western Roman Empire under the command of [[Richomeres]] advanced westward, while forces of the Eastern Roman Empire under [[Traianus (magister peditum)|Traianus]] and [[Profuturus]] advanced northward where they joined forces to attack the Goths who had recently rebelled under command of [[Fritigern]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://romanhistorybooksandmore.freeservers.com/r_day-of-barbarians.htm|title=The Day of the Barbarians: The Battle That Led to the Fall of the Roman Empire|last=Hahn|first=Irene|work=Book review|publisher=http://romanhistorybooksandmore.freeservers.com|year=2007|accessdate=2008-04-19}}</ref> and were laying waste to the northern Balkans. It was the first major conflict of the Gothic War and both sides were ready to prove their merit.
   
 
The only extant description comes from [[Ammianus]] who left few details; he gives a lengthy description of the dead and dying, but no information on the number of combatants. At one point the Roman left wing gave way, but it was re-enforced and held. The battle ended with nightfall. The result was a bloody draw with both sides taking many losses; the Goths remained encamped behind their war-wagon circle for over a week after the battle.
 
The only extant description comes from [[Ammianus]] who left few details; he gives a lengthy description of the dead and dying, but no information on the number of combatants. At one point the Roman left wing gave way, but it was re-enforced and held. The battle ended with nightfall. The result was a bloody draw with both sides taking many losses; the Goths remained encamped behind their war-wagon circle for over a week after the battle.

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Battle of the Willows
Date377
LocationAd Salices (exact unknown), in Moesia, Bulgaria
Result Draw
Belligerents
Roman Empire Goths
Commanders and leaders
Richomeres,
Profuturus,
Traianus
Unknown
Strength
unknown unknown
Casualties and losses
many many


The Battle of the Willows (377) took place at a place called ad Salices ("town by the willows"), or according to Roman records,[which?] a road way-station called Ad Salices ("by the Willows"); probably located within 15 kilometres of Marcianople (modern day Devnya, Bulgaria),[citation needed] although its exact location is unknown. Forces from the Western Roman Empire under the command of Richomeres advanced westward, while forces of the Eastern Roman Empire under Traianus and Profuturus advanced northward where they joined forces to attack the Goths who had recently rebelled under command of Fritigern.[1] and were laying waste to the northern Balkans. It was the first major conflict of the Gothic War and both sides were ready to prove their merit.

The only extant description comes from Ammianus who left few details; he gives a lengthy description of the dead and dying, but no information on the number of combatants. At one point the Roman left wing gave way, but it was re-enforced and held. The battle ended with nightfall. The result was a bloody draw with both sides taking many losses; the Goths remained encamped behind their war-wagon circle for over a week after the battle.

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