Trajan's Dacian Wars

Trajan's Dacian Wars

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The Dacian Wars (101-102, 105-106) were two military campaigns fought between the Roman Empire and Dacia during Emperor Trajan's rule. The conflicts were triggered by the constant Dacian threat on the Danubian Roman Province of Moesia and also by the increasing need for resources of the staggering economy of the Roman Empire.

Trajan turned his attention to Dacia, an area north of Macedon and Greece and east of the Danube that had been on the Roman agenda since before the days of CaesarGoldsworthy, In the Name of Rome, p. 322Matyszak, The Enemies of Rome, p. 213Matyszak, The Enemies of Rome, p. 215 In AD 85, the Dacians swarmed over the Danube and pillaged MoesiaMatyszak, The Enemies of Rome, p. 216Luttwak, The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire, p. 53 and initially defeated an army the Emperor Domitian sent against them,Matyszak, The Enemies of Rome, p. 217 but the Romans were victorious in the Battle of Tapae in 88 and a truce was drawn up.

Emperor Trajan recommenced hostilities against Dacia and, following an uncertain number of battles,Matyszak, The Enemies of Rome, p. 219 defeated the Dacian general Decebalus in the Second Battle of Tapae in...
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