- Second Battle of Tapae
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result=Indecisive Roman victory
strength2= 9-13 Legions
The Battle of Tapae (
101) was the decisive battle of the first Dacian War, in which Roman Emperor Trajandefeated the DacianKing Decebalus's army. Other setbacks in the campaign delayed its completion until 102.
As soon as Trajan became
Roman emperor, he planned a campaign against Dacia. This campaign resulted in the first Dacian warfought between 101and 102.
The reason used for this campaign was Decebalus' lack of respect for the Romans, and the fact that he failed to respect the agreements of the peace reached following the
First Battle of Tapaefrom 87/88.
Beside the nine
Roman legionsthat were already stationed on the Danube, Trajan brought two more, Legio X Geminaand Legio XI Claudia, and created two new legions, Legio II Traiana Fortisand Legio XXX Ulpia Victrix.
Roman armycrossed the Danube at Viminacium, slowly making its way into Dacia. Just like in 87/88, the battle took place at Tapae. The Dacians resisted the Roman offensive, but as a storm broke out, the Dacians believing it is a sign from the gods, decided to withdraw.
Because the winter was near, Trajan decided to wait until spring to continue his offensive on
Sarmizegetusa. Decebalus took advantage of the new situation, and in the winter of 101to 102, he attacked the Roman provinceof Moesia, a major clash taking place at the Battle of Adamclisi.
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