Battle of the Allia (387 BC)

It is admittedly not the best of my photo collection, but the picture of the Allia battlefield (387 BCE) is dear to me because it took some effort to reach a point from which we had a good view of the site. The battle, in which the Romans were defeated by a band of Gauls, was not terribly important, although later generations of Roman historians told horror stories about the sack of the city, which was the main consequence of the battle. But the army and the people were able to save themselves, and Roman expansion in Central Italy was not seriously challenged: during the next decade or so, Rome became the unrivaled master of Latium.

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