Roman Invasion of India
|Date: 1500 - 1520|
|Outcome: Roman annexation of most of Northern India; Formation of the Indian Empire; Indo-Greek alliance formed|
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King Narasimha Raya II of Vijayanagara
2800 Indian Infantry 120 Land Vehicles 200 Water Vehicles
3000 Roman Infantry 50 Land Vehicles 480 Water Vehicles
approx. 1850 Indian Infantry, 77 Land Vehicles, 113 water vehicles
approx. 2350 Roman Infantry 43 Land Vehicles 400 Water Vehicles
The Roman-Indian war was a conflict between the Roman Empire and Indian states, lasting from 1500 to 1520. Northern India, being separated into many states at the time, at first gave little meaningful resistance until the Vijayanagaran Empire under Mahapradhana and Senadhipati Tuluva Narasa Nayaka (Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief) of South India stepped in, uniting the remaining kingdoms and preventing Rome from conquering all of India. As a result of the Roman-Indian war, the rest of India not taken by the Empire was formally united under the Vijayanagaran crown, creating the Indian Empire, with Vijayanagaran King Narasimha Raya II being crowned the first Indian Samrata (emperor).
Precursors and War justificationsEdit
India had been a major trade partner of Rome since 1432 AD, but in 1497 AD, a presidential candidate who openly supported Greece was elected into presidency. In 1500 AD, Constantine XII declared war on India, wishing to exert Imperial power over the resource-rich area.
Battle of LehEdit
The first battle of the Roman-Indian war, the Roman Empire stormed over the Roman-Indian border, eventually reaching the city of Leh, attacking the Leh military base and executing an Indian general.
Battle of KulluEdit
Shocked by the Leh attack, India mobilized it's military to defend Kullu, which Rome was marching towards. The outgunned Indian troops were easily rolled over by the much better supplied Roman soldiers.
Battle of DelhiEdit
The last major victory of Rome in the war, Delhi was besieged by the Romans, leading to major casualties on both sides.
Battle of ConstantinopleEdit
While not technically part of the Roman-Indian war, the Battle of Constantinople, a Greek attack on the Roman capital of Constantinople, is thought to have been one of the major reasons Rome failed to resume it's advance into southern India before Indian troops became well-supplied by Greece.
Battle of Goa VelhaEdit
Roman Troops pushed towards Goa Velha, only to find the Indians supplied with New Greek weaponry and armoured vehicles. The Roman Imperial Navy had vastly underestimated the Indian Navy as well, leading to the Romans being defeated on Both land and sea.
Many Roman-run businesses had been burned to the ground by enraged citizens of India as a result of the war, all Roman-Indian trade relations were shut down. In addition, in their attempt to stop India from helping Greece, the Romans had caused India to become Greece's most supportive ally (later to be replaced by The Confederation of the Nunavummiuts).