This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Battle of Aquae Sextiae – great victory of Romans

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Battle of Aquae Sextiae
Battle of Aquae Sextiae | Photo: John Harris Valda | Private Collection / The Stapleton Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library

Battle of Aquae Sextiae (southern France) in 102 BCE was one of the greatest and most important victories of the Roman legions. Rome had to defend itself against the invasion of two Germanic tribes: Teutons and Cimbri, who at Arausio in Gaul in 105 BCE. they caused the Romans a great defeat. According to Titus Livius, about 80,000 Romans were to die during this battle. It was one of the greatest defeats of the Roman army in history.

Rome faced a great threat to its independence. The army was headed by a new consul, experienced and blessed with great military talent Gaius Marius.

Thanks to the trap set for the Teutons’ strength (hidden cavalry), he achieved a great victory, completely destroying their armies. A total of about 100,000 Germans (out of a total of 110,000) died in the battle. Many survivors, not wanting to be enslaved in Rome, committed suicide en masse, having previously murdered their wives and offspring. The Romans lost about 900 people in the battle. In Rome, Marius made his well-deserved triumph and was hailed as the savior of the republic and the third founder of Rome (after Romulus and Camillus).

More about the Battle of Aquae Sextiae

Sources
  • John Warry, Armie świata antycznego

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

If you like the content that I collect on the website and that I share on social media channels I will be grateful for the support. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server.

Support IMPERIUM ROMANUM!

Support IMPERIUM ROMANUM!

Find out more!

Check your curiosity and learn something new about the ancient world of the Romans. By clicking on the link below, you will be redirected to a random entry.

Random curiosity

Random curiosity

Discover secrets of ancient Rome!

If you want to be up to date with newest articles on website and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter, which is sent each Saturday.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Subscribe to newsletter

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: