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The Empire’s Most Wanted – 7 Mortal Enemies of Ancient

Rome had a lot of enemies in the ancient times but here we are going to talk about the most famous or
mortal to the Roman Empire. This were there enemies:

One of Rome’s earliest adversaries was Brennus, a Celtic warlord from the region of Gaul. In 387
BCE, 12,000 warriors under his command invaded Italy and shattered a Roman army twice as
large on the banks of the Allia River. The hoard then captured the city and spent weeks raping and
slaughtering its inhabitants. A desperate Senate begged Brennus to stay his thugs and even offered
the chieftain a half-ton of gold if he’d leave town. The wily warlord accepted, but as civic leaders
measured out the ransom, the barbarian slammed his heavy sword onto the scales and demanded
even more loot. When the Romans protested.

Heralded as one of the greatest military leaders in history, the 3rd Century BCE Carthaginian
general Hannibal invaded Rome by way of Spain and the Alps. In 216, the 31-year-old commander
became the author of one of Rome’s worst defeats on record: the Battle of Cannae. The one-day
contest saw up to 75,000 Roman soldiers encircled and cut to pieces by just 50,000 Carthaginians. It
was only a Roman incursion into the Punic homeland that forced Hannibal to abandon his
occupation of Italy. In 202 BCE, his stellar military career ended at the Battle of Zama in present day

Archimedes proved to Rome that brains could be mightier than brawn. During the siege of
Syracuse in 212 BCE, the noted Greek mathematician unleashed a series of brilliant (if not downright
devious) surprises on an attacking Roman fleet. His variable-range catapults relentlessly rained shot
down onto the republic’s ships as they approached the seaside city, while giant parabolic mirror he
supposedly devised focused the sun’s rays onto the vessels’ sails setting them alight. Archimedes
also reportedly engineered an enormous claw-like crane and grappling hook for the walls of
Syracuse that could ensnare and capsize the attackers’ triremes.
4. Unmitigated Gaul
Just as it looked like Julius Caesarhad finally subjugated the Gallic tribes in present-day France, a
particularly stubborn chieftain named Vercingetorix mounted a final (and bloody uprising) in 52 BCE.
After uniting local clans against the up-and-coming Roman general, the warlord scored a surprising
victory at Gergovia. But while Vercingetorix regrouped his exhausted army at Alesia, Caesar arrived
with fresh troops and besieged the settlement.

5. The Warrior Queen

The queen of Britain’s Iceni tribe, Boudica (or Boadicea) certainly had reason to hate the Romans. In
the year 61 CE, governor Gaius Suetonius Paulinus muscled in on territory left to her by her late
husband Prasutagus. When she complained about it, Roman soldiers tied her to a post and whipped
her in front of her fellow Iceni. They then raped her daughters. Months later, while Paulinus’
legions departed for Wales to slaughter some Druids, the outlaw widow assembled a coalition of
100,000 warriors and descended onto Roman settlements to exact her bloody revenge.

6. Attila the Hun

Unfortunately we didn`t found info about this enemy.

7. Spartacus` Rampage