World Battlefronts: Fall of an Ancient

Nestling in the famed vineyard country of the Moselle Valley, Trier is the sort of town that tourists call "picturesque." It is an even more ancient town than Aachen,* the seat of Charlemagne; it is, in fact, the oldest town in Germany.

Trier was founded, as Augusta Treverorum, in 14 B.C. by the Emperor Augustus, became the chief city of the Gallic tribe of Treveri. Because of its strategic location, Diocletian made Augusta Treverorum an important provincial capital. Constantine the Great beautified it. His mother, Empress Saint Helena, presented it with the "Holy Coat" or Seamless Tunic of Christ, which remains to...

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