December 15, 2016

Today in History: Vandals lost Battle of Tricamarum — yet their name lives on (533 AD)

John RobsonArchive

It’s amazing that we still use “Vandal” for a mindlessly destructive person nearly 1500 years after the actual Vandals were utterly crushed by Justinian’s forces at the Battle of Tricamarum on Dec. 15, 533 AD. 

It takes some doing to stand out not just from human history generally but from the carnage and chaos accompanying the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

Yet the Empire persists in important ways in the Western devotion to liberty under law, while the vandals are reduced to breaking windows and keying cars.

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commented 2016-12-15 21:44:45 -0500
Well—Fuck you people . I enjoy Robson and his education.
commented 2016-12-15 19:11:45 -0500
Professor ROBSON , those very same vandals hooked up with a young American girl in the 1960s named Martha and they had a few hits
commented 2016-12-15 18:58:33 -0500
@stephen E…check out the series on Roman emporer Comatus on NETFLIX… almost seems deliberate….:-)
commented 2016-12-15 15:05:42 -0500
This guy makes history fun .
commented 2016-12-15 13:15:20 -0500
Stephen E.: there is a certain resemblance there. No offense to Sophie, but too bad our great leader didn’t have the good sense to marry someone more like the Empress Theodora.
commented 2016-12-15 12:44:02 -0500
If only Justin had Justinian’s backbone and world view.
commented 2016-12-15 12:21:16 -0500
Maybe its just me, but doesn’t Justinian look a lot like Baby Doc Justin (our Leadless Leader) Trudeau?