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Marcomannic-Quadian Assault On Italy

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One of the direst events of the wars during Marcus Aurelius' reign was that, after many centuries, enemy troops again set foot on the land of Italy. Marcomann-Quadian troops besieged Aquileia and destroyed the town of Opitergium (Oderzo). This chapter examines whether the barbarians reached Italy by crossing the land of Pannonia on the Amber Road. The area of praetentura Italiae et Alpium, under special administration created temporarily during the Marcomannic wars, had decisive importance for the defence of Italy. Earlier, the author has expressed his opinion that Emona in fact belonged to Pannonia in the 1st and 2nd centuries, and, in agreement with the opinion of Degrassi, the colonia and its territorium must have been transferred to Italy at the time the praetentura was established.

Keywords: Italy; Marcomann-Quadian troops; Marcomannic war; Pannonia



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