The Roman Empire was one of the greatest Empires in history, and it took hundreds of epic roman battles to get there. Rome was so powerful it didn’t have many rivals who could stand up to them, but when they found someone who could the battles were not easily won. This list includes the 10 greatest Roman battles in history, including their greatest victories, and defeats. Rome had some of the greatest battle tactics of it’s time, and some of the brutal generals.
1. The Battle of the Trebia
This was one of the bloodiest Roman battles against the military genius Hannibal Barca. Hannibal came from a family strategists and knew exactly how to win a battle. His opponent Tiberius Sempronius Longus on the other hand was impetuous and short sighted. Tiberius underestimated his enemy and fell directly into his trap. Hannibal was waiting ready at the opposite side of the Trebia river. Through his spies Hannibal was aware of his opponents impetuous nature, and goaded him into marching across the frozen river. The Romans could barely fight because of the cold, and Hannibal’s brother had set an ambush to cut off their escape. The Roman’s lost up to 32,000 men, and Hannibal only lost 4,000, it was a complete and utter defeat for the Romans.