Roman Gaul

Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 50. Chapters: Gaul, Paulinus of Nola, Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, Sulpicius Severus, Ausonius, Gallic Empire, Avitus, Sidonius Apollinaris, Armorica, Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus, Coligny calendar, Rutilius Claudius Namatianus, Gallo-Roman culture, Ruricius, Salvian, Germanus of Auxerre, Magnus Felix Ennodius, Germania Superior, Gennadius of Massilia, Domain of Soissons, Siburius, Avitus of Vienne, Tropaeum Alpium, Syagrius, Praetorian prefecture of Gaul, Decimus Rusticus, Paul of Narbonne, Claudianus Mamertus, Thermes de Cluny, Battle of Soissons, Arbitio, Aegidius, Bevaix Boat, Gallo-Roman religion, Varro Atacinus, Septem Provinciae, Orientius, Diocese of Gaul, Paulinus of Pella, Margaret Rule, Clastidium, Contumeliosus of Riez, Ala Gallorum Indiana, Constantius of Lyon, Flavius Licerius Firminus Lupicinus. Excerpt: The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (or Fields), also called the Battle of Châlons sur Marne, took place in 451 between a coalition led by the Visigothic king Theodoric I an the Roman general Flavius Aëtius, against the Huns and their allies commanded by their leader Attila. It was one of the last major military operations of the Western Roman Empire, although the Visigothic soldiers formed the core of the allied army. The battle resulted in a tactical defeat for the Huns and considerably hindered their attempt to conquer western Europe, although the Visigothic king Theodoric I was killed. The Huns were later destroyed by a coalition of Germanic peoples at the Battle of Nedao in 454. By 450 Roman control of Gaul had grown feeble, as had control over all of the provinces beyond Italy. Celtic Armorica was only nominally part of the empire. Germanic tribes prowling around Roman territory had been forcibly settled and served as foederati under their own leaders. Northern Gaul between the Rhine and Marne rivers (Gallia Belgica) had unofficially been abandoned to the Franks. The Visigoths in Gallia Aquitania were growing restive. The Burgundians near the Alps were more submissive, but likewise awaiting openings for revolt. The only parts still securely in Roman control were the Mediterranean coastline, a band of varying width running from Aurelianum (present-day Orléans) upstream along the Loire and one downstream along the Rhône River The historian Jordanes states that Attila was enticed by the Vandals' king Gaiseric to wage war on the Visigoths. At the same time, Gaiseric would attempt to sow strife between the Visigoths and the Western Roman Empire (Getica 36.184-6). Other contemporary writers offer different motivations: Honoria, a troublesome sister of the emperor Valentinian III, had been married off to the loyal senator Herculanus a few years before. This kept her in respectable confinement. In 450, she sent a message to the Hunnic king asking for Attila's help in

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