Briefly about how the Roman legionaries ended up in China
(ORDO NEWS) — The army of the Thracian Spartacus , who raised a great uprising of slaves, in 71 BC. e. defeated the commander and politician of the Roman Republic Mark Licinius Crassus.
Later, in 53 BC. e., the Roman military leader was defeated in the campaign against the Parthian kingdom. The battle of Karakh took place, where the winner of Spartacus died. His 10,000 soldiers were captured, and twice as many died in battle.
The historian Pliny wrote about the dispatch of a part of the captured legionnaires to Margiana (present-day eastern Turkmenistan), where the soldiers were recruited as mercenaries. But the Parthians paid them little, and despised, moreover, which is why the Romans once left in marching formation to the east.
Historians associate the loss of an entire legion with further mercenary service to other masters. Most likely the Romans went to the Huns under the banner of the commander Chzhi-Chzhi, who fought with China.
The Parthian kingdom was located behind the sands of Arabia. It existed for half a millennium and disintegrated. Traded with Rome and China.
In 36 BC. e. there was a battle of the Huns with the Chinese, where the latter saw “strange soldiers” with their unusual battle tactics.
These were Crassus’s legionnaires who served the Huns. The Chzhi-Chzhi warriors, built in the shape of a “turtle” near the Talas River, were ramming.
The Chinese managed to capture 145 Romans, forcing them to serve as mercenaries. So the legionnaires became “border guards”, guarding the northwest of the Han empire.
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