The first battle of Tapae
were fought in 87 between the Roman army and the Dacians
. They were a consequence of Roman Emperor Domitian
's campaign to protect the Roman province
, nearly two decades before the regional conquest
during the Dacian Wars
, the Dacian king Duras
ordered his troops to attack the Roman province
on the southern course of the Danube
After this attack, the Roman emperor Domitian
personally arrived in Moesia
, reorganized the province into Moesia Inferior
and Moesia Superior
, and planned a future attack into Dacia
The battle of 87
Domitian, started a strong offensive against Dacia
in 87, ordering General Cornelius Fuscus
to attack. Therefore, in the summer of 87, Fuscus along with five or six legions crossed the Danube.
They encountered the Dacian army at Tapae, where the Romans were ambushed, suffering a great defeat. Almost all of the soldiers from Legio V Alaudae
were killed, the Dacians captured their flags and war machines, and general Cornelius Fuscus himself was killed in battle.
After this victory, the Dacian king Diurpaneus received the name of Decebalus
, meaning as strong (or brave) as ten men.
The battle of 88
The Roman offensive continued the following year, with general Tettius Iulianus now in command. The Roman army entered Dacia following the same route Cornelius Fuscus had in the previous year.The battle took place mainly in the same area, at Tapae, but this time the outcome... Read More