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10 Epic Enemies of Ancient Rome

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Tidus Zanarkand (1 month ago)
10:07 "let's get down to business, to defeat the................."
Ernest Mendez (1 month ago)
I thought Sparticus had only won two battles. And 70k men seems absolutely absurd. You can't possibly feed that many men without any logistics and planning or a government backing you. I had also read that nearly 200 men including Sparticus were crucified. But that could be more Roman lies, although they did record what happened at Cannae.
Linguisiclion26 Lion (1 month ago)
ATTILA !!! WE Hungarians are your decendants.
donisbaddass (1 month ago)
Before i finish im going to call hannibal 2 and attila 1
donisbaddass (1 month ago)
Damn attila number 3
Ben Robertson (1 month ago)
That’s not 50 miles
Mam dhata (1 month ago)
But but .... You included Vercingetorix but didn't include Asterix!!!😞😞😞
Ardian Sulaj (1 month ago)
Pyrrus was from epirus albanian tribe
Milad Noushinravan (1 month ago)
Shapur, Shahan Shah i Iran ud Aniran.
NostalgicLorikeet (1 month ago)
Jovan Kovacevic (1 month ago)
What about Mehmed II The Conqueror?
Jovan Kovacevic (1 month ago)
True. Mehmed II was enemy of medieval Rome.
Darth Vitiate (1 month ago)
This is ancient Rome. Mehmed was born in the middle ages
william stark (2 months ago)
Carthage is definitely more than 50 miles from Rome.
azazinate (2 months ago)
I'd like to add Queen Amanirenas of Kush. She was also a great enemy of Rome. She blocked their growing expansion into Africa. Just had to add one other African greats that stud against mighty Rome
Wise Dragon (17 days ago)
The Kingdom of Nubia or Kush is very underrated and always in the shadow of Egypt.
Cory Pedigo (2 months ago)
I don’t think there’s proof Attila killed his brother. I could be wrong.
José Järnvarg Díaz (2 months ago)
No Arminius? No Teuta? No Viriathus? ....bad, bad, bad
José Järnvarg Díaz (1 month ago)
+Dominic Guye Teoteburg is a milestone on roman history, Arminius stop the conquest of the north and changes the game forever, roman cross the border to attack nordic tribes many times, but never took control of those territories and nordic tribes olay a huge role on european history; , The piracy of Teuta give the chance to the romans to take control of the Adriatic sea and the Balkans, even the liburnian ships were play a huge influence on roman navy, Viriathus and many other anonimus princeps of northwestern Hispania had a relevant influence on roman politics, Boadica was a blaze but not so relevant, what about Bato (both of them)? Suetonios describe the Bellum Batorium as on of the most brtal and hard war since punic wars, or Surena?
Dominic Guye (1 month ago)
Oppose. Arminius defeated Rome only once, every subsequent confrontation between them was either a Roman victory or a draw. Teuta was a much bigger threat to Greece than Rome, as her only successes against Rome were pirating a supply line and attacking diplomats. Viriathus maybe, but I don't like the inclusion of anti-colonialist rebels on this list, as they were never a threat to Rome.
s l (2 months ago)
Hannibal barca was rome's worst nightmare indeed.
mansoldworld (2 months ago)
It would be so much better if this guy dont show up.
Isolde de Pompadour (3 months ago)
Note* The Celts were not barbarians by any means. Boadicea's husband was murdered by the Roman's in an unprovoked attack after the Iceni has maintained trade relations with the Romans.
Jason Roberts (2 months ago)
The Romans certainly didn’t treat her well after King Prasutagas died. But I’d never seen anything saying they’d murdered him.
sushanalone (3 months ago)
Missed out completely on Arminius of the Cherusci and Surenas of Parthia.
Dominic Guye (1 month ago)
They are only known for one battle each. That does NOT count. Or at least it shouldn't.
stefan dezyk (3 months ago)
Boudicca was far after Julius Caesar but you make it sound like she fought against his invasion
Rahmad Setyadi (3 months ago)
"Do not disturb my circle"
darkyz123 (3 months ago)
You are talking specifically for west roman empire, right? Because it is not clear from the title.
Alexei Dragunov (3 months ago)
u forgot Decebalus
Tracy Goode (3 months ago)
You forgot Brian!
Nathan J Martucci (3 months ago)
I hate that Scipio Africanus is never more than a foot note. At Zama, Hannibal had more infantry, cavalry, and the largest mass of war elephants that had ever been used. The two generals met the night before and agreed that only battle could settle their differences (Hannibal lost both his brothers in the war, Scipio lost his father). Also, it should be known, the Senate withdrew all assistance to Scipio, so he was on his own in enemy territory. Hannibal was reinforced by proud Carthaginians from every coast in the Mediterranean. Somehow Scipio won, and (according to the source I read, honestly I have no idea) when a beaten Hannibal was brought before him, Scipio let him go (further destroying his popularity with the Senate). Scipio is the reason there was a Roman Empire, but history loves to forget him.
musictomyears8 (3 months ago)
Pyrrhic victory
Pruus'n Hanna (3 months ago)
Daniel Daniels (4 months ago)
micheal49 (4 months ago)
War elephants? Thar elephants!
Eric Salinas (4 months ago)
I think Mithradates should have been ranked higher than Boudicca and Vercengeterix. He fought Rome over 20 years and it took 3 of the greatest generals, Sulla, Lucius Lucinus, snd Pompey to defeat him. Also, Chrondomarius should have been given an honorable mention.
mayoite160 (4 months ago)
WTFH no Arminius, no Surenas??!!
Alkuccino Lambo (4 months ago)
Most of the people listed were Greeks
speedtribejp (4 months ago)
Christianity, caused Romans to abandon their religion causing the Vestal holy fire to go out causing the Empire to collapse. Empire was strongest when it honored Jupiter and Hercules
eylam90 (4 months ago)
I would take Archimedes and Boudica off this list and put king Geiseric the Vandal and Queen Zenobia of Palmyra instead.
Lulzim Lalinovci (4 months ago)
Pirro never was a Greeke, he was Illyrian
BFB-DanceySteve (4 months ago)
Archimedes got 'screwed'?
muther1997 (4 months ago)
Vercingetorix, Boudicca, Archimedes and Spartacus are some of my favorite people in history. However men like Atilla did the worls a favor by dying
Milty (4 months ago)
Archimedes over Arminius?? seriously
Milty (4 months ago)
this list is a total joke without Arminius anywhere on the list
Senovitj (4 months ago)
Forget Boudicca. Bring on Zenobia of the Palmyrene Empire, which encompassed Syria, the Levant, parts of Anatolia and Egypt, for an impressive enemy to Rome. Or, Queen Mavia of the Tanukhids, who set the terms for an eventual truce between her and the Romans after a succesful attack on Phoenicia and Palestine.
bev davis (5 months ago)
Boudicca was a loser. He rabble was destroyed. Tomyris destroyed Cyrus the Great. Now she was a real warrior queen. Alaric respected Stilicho. When Stilicho was murdered, Alaric went on a ride around the Empire. He is the man who ended Sparta.
Samuel J. Robinson (5 months ago)
Actually the Romans just called the Barbars barbarbians and called every other tribe by their names! They may have compared other tribes to the Barbarians but that's not the same!
Nobody Knows (5 months ago)
Rome is not "50 miles" from Carthage, but actually 367 direct line.
feral four eighty (5 months ago)
Boudica was defeated in 61 AD, not 81 AD.
Hamguy Bacon (5 months ago)
i doubt he was treated as a slave, slavery was banned in persia.
melissa jackson (5 months ago)
Her name was Boadicea the romans called her Boudicca
david vidovic (5 months ago)
your voice is the enemy of history!
Matthew McVeagh (5 months ago)
Brennus Jugurtha Arminius Decebalus Geiseric
Liquid Nitrogen (5 months ago)
Hannibal was bad as f***
Braden VanVleet (5 months ago)
Attila is made from the Gothic words Atta and ila, which mean father and little respectively. Atilla's name literally means "little daddy"...
Braden VanVleet (5 months ago)
Lol British dude calling the Sassanids the Sassanians...
victor soto (5 months ago)
The war with Carthage was actually the 1st WW.
Emily Curewitz (5 months ago)
what? No Arminius???
dominoes37 (6 months ago)
I also think King Jugurtha should of been included. Particularly since his war involved notorious use of bribery and deceit
Man Drake (6 months ago)
You forgot to mention a small village of Gauls held out after Vercingetorix surrendered thanks to some powerful warriors and a cauldron of magic potion.
Joey Ellis (7 months ago)
Rome was not the greatest empire the world had ever seen. It was the greatest in the West. China was the empire that existed before and after the Roman Empire which lasted 11 centuries
Brian Ticas (5 months ago)
Rome never got taken over like China did. Mongolia bullied China way too much. Rome on the other hand, won lost, got back up and shook it all off. Rome was supposed to last 1000 years. Yes China is powerful now a days too. But I don't believe in the ancient world when it comes to being in power, were as powerful as Rome.
Aurélien b (7 months ago)
Brennus should have been on this list, being one the three alongside with Alaric and Hannibal to ever siege Rome
Hadija Brahim (7 months ago)
I thought that the Ghangis Khan had the biggest empire of the ancient world?
Hugo falcao (8 months ago)
Milan Pavlovic (8 months ago)
The funds for this video were deducted from Imperator: Rome developmet budget.
Rui Branco (8 months ago)
General Surena? one of the biggest defeats of the romans, in the battle of carras and the lost of 7 legions?
Frantzy Derose (8 months ago)
Queen amanirenas of Nubia defeated the romans twice!
Jacob Ringenwald (8 months ago)
How was Arminius left off the list?
Ryan Hayward (8 months ago)
I'm glad you put Hannibal as #1, him and his father were SOBs to Rome.
gmoney king (8 months ago)
Uummm hannibal was black jus sayn
Wise Dragon (17 days ago)
no he wasn't he was of Phoenician origin, so a Middle Eastern man.
Alfie Hands (8 months ago)
I thought Marcus Crassus got molten gold poured down his throat
srzar (8 months ago)
What about Surena?
Jose Sánchez (8 months ago)
Rome had to bribe viriato's generals to make him assasinated. When they claim their reward, they were answered: "Rome doesn't pay traitors" and killed
Jose Sánchez (8 months ago)
Great video but Viriato is missing. A former shepherd who terrified roman troops in the iberian peninsula usin guerrilla tactics, in the third century B.C.
Lee Lauria (8 months ago)
Hannibal, Vercingetorox, Arminius, they should have been top 3
Jang Bae (8 months ago)
Wasnt pompey it was sulla that defeated mithradates..
Charlie Read (8 months ago)
Moral of the story is, if you’re about to be caught by the Romans it’s better to turn over your wrists.
Mehrdad Fatemi (8 months ago)
Surena, the Parthian general. The Parthian shot, Crassus head & molten gold. Should be mentioned imo. Just sayin
MAR Tayeb (8 months ago)
Where Jughurtha the Numidian king who died in rome prison ????????
Melysa Davitz (8 months ago)
I love you and your soothing voice! 😘
Chad Peterson (8 months ago)
Major error on Hannibal. After Carthage lost the 2nd Punic was Hannibal fled east. Where he would command a fleet for Antiochus the Great of the Seleucid Empire in their unsuccessful war against Rome.... so he doesn’t just kill himself like this videos says...
Joseph DESTAUBIN (8 months ago)
So Hannibal was probably the most brilliant General to ever exist in human history. I would love to see a biography on him.
Griffion Wyvrus (8 months ago)
Just to be fair, Scipio was also one of greatest general that the Roman ever had. Barca's defeat against him is justified. Scipio even respected Barca for his strategy and courageousness. After Barca's death, the Roman use his strategy to strengthen their legions.
Lord Of Woe (8 months ago)
Romae vivat. Romae incredibilis
Why is the map of the Punic War in Ukrainian?
Tim Hartmann (8 months ago)
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Diarra Dunlap (8 months ago)
I think that Quintus Sertorius also belongs on this kind of list. After fleeing Italia just prior to Lucius Cornelius Sulla's victory at the Battle of the Colline Gate outside of Rome during the civil war following the death of Gaius Marius, he went first to Sicilia, then to North Africa, and finally to Hispanic, where he set up his own government, took almost all of Hispanic Interior (nearer Spain) and kept the Roman governor Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius confined to a section of the Hispanic Ulterior province (further Spain) for close to three years. It took both Metellus and Gnaeus Pompeius "Magnus" (Pompey the "Great") another three years to finally bring Sertorius down. Note: Seems to me that during the Late Republic, Rome's greatest threats almost always seem to be Roman-born and/or related. I suspect that Spartacus may actually have been a Roman officer reduced to gladiatorial slavery due to some major military infraction or other. Of course, Roman historians and chroniclers wouldn't want THAT to be known, if it is actually so. After all, in that period of Roman History, they already had plenty of renegade Roman military lights to list, what with Sulla leading an army on Rome while Consul; Marius doing the same while Sulla was off fighting Mithridates VI in Greece and Anatolia. Sulla doing it again and becoming Dictator; and Sertorius rampaging all about Hispanic.
Sage (8 months ago)
All of those kingdoms and cultures dessimated. I wonder what the world would have been like....how different it would have been...if Rome hadn't taken them all down...
InstigationFixation (8 months ago)
Why would he poison himself with the same poison he'd been building a tolerance to?
Eugene Mcmicael (8 months ago)
What about Arminius?
Randy Lunn (8 months ago)
Crisp and insightful. Excellent overview. Thx
l maynard (8 months ago)
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jahovia82 disdik (8 months ago)
I really cant get enough of ancient Rome.
Milkguy 98 (8 months ago)
Genseric the king of the Vandals had 3 incredible achievements: Sack of Carthage Sack of Rome Battle of Cap Bon (the romens had over a 1 000 ships) and he dosen't even gett a mentioning
Pretzel Stick (8 months ago)
Rome to Carthage 50 miles? Doubt it.
Connor Thompson (8 months ago)
If it hasn't already been done, I'd like to see a top ten list of historical naturalists. I'm pretty sure Alexander Von Humboldt would be on that list.
Mike 1958 (8 months ago)
I thought the Romans shacked Carthage and burned everything and salted the earth.
kimsey0000 (8 months ago)
To all the people whining about Armenius, and a few others, this list appears to be some of the lesser known Roman foes.
Mike 1958 (8 months ago)
But wait! Spartacus was crucified I saw it in the movie! Kirk Douglas played Spartacus. Just kidding I'm mocking Hollywood they're goofy.
Normie Cuck (8 months ago)
Fun movie tho
greaterrome (8 months ago)
wheres decebalus?
Sir Devil (8 months ago)
This is a pretty solid list.
Felix Schönweiß (8 months ago)
What about Arminius? He would be the only one on this list who actually defeated the Romans in the long term. He united many germanic tribes under his banner and lured the Roman legions in a trap. In one battle, he annihilated 1/8 of the whole roman army, driving them out of Germania forever.
El Musk (8 months ago)
Pyrrhus should have been way higher, since he was such a formidable general and even inspired Hannibal, who deemed him and his cousin Alexander to be the greatest military minds the world had ever seen.
32079rme (8 months ago)
VERCENGETORIX is the most badass warrior name ever...
dudepersonvids (2 days ago)
The French pronounciation is more along the lines of "vair-SANH-jay-tor-EEKS" than "ver-sin-GET-er-icks"
BARBATUS 89 (4 months ago)
I think it's a goodbutt name.
Joey Kevorkian (8 months ago)
Antiochus III?
James Grant (8 months ago)
TopTenz....you forgot about Arminius.
charles stuart (8 months ago)
How could they leave out Arminius of the Teutonberg Forrest battle - the greatest defeat of the Roman Empire. Aso knoown as Herman the German.

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