Greek and Roman Military Writers: Selected Readings by Brian Campbell

By Brian Campbell

I have stumbled on this publication very helpful as a short reference consultant to Roman army conception and assets. type of like a Roman Sun-Tzu. The structure makes it effortless to slender down and choose from the acceptable writings. the single cause it isn't a five-star is that the translations selected on artillery are a section simplistic and never rather the simplest and so much actual. i cannot converse with a lot authority approximately different themes, yet during this slim example i might like to see extra element. i assume it isn't the author's cause to wreck new floor, getting readers all started within the correct course is a priceless attempt.

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From this emerged the characteristic dynastic monarchies of the 5 INTRODUCTION: GREEK AND ROMAN WARFARE Hellenistic period (Seleucid, Ptolemaic, Antigonid, Attalid), which needed large and enormously expensive armies including large contingents of mercenaries to compete against their rivals for territory. Warfare in the Hellenistic period was not particularly innovative. The kings relied on the heavy infantry phalanx used by Philip and Alexander, and maintained, even if they did not significantly develop, the use of cavalry in an offensive role.

To the remainder he gives a ration of barley instead of wheat and orders them to encamp outside the safety of the rampart. Therefore, the danger and the fear of the lot hang over everyone equally since it is unclear on whom the lot will fall. And since the public humiliation of the allocation of barley rations comes to everyone equally, this custom is the best directed to inspire terror and cure the fault. 1–3; 5–11 (rewards for valour) They also have a splendid way of inspiring young soldiers to face danger.

The Punic Wars (264–146 BC) had a dramatic impact on Roman military organization, since many more troops were needed and they were required to serve for longer. However, although the war against Hannibal inflicted serious casualties, the hard-fought campaigns will in the end have made the Romans more resilient and increased their self-confidence in their military establishment. 26 The legion numbered between 4,200 and 5,000 men and was recruited from those aged 17–46 who met the property qualification.

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