Roman Empire at War: A Compendium of Roman Battles from 31 B.C. to A.D. 565

Roman Empire at War: A Compendium of Roman Battles from 31 B.C. to A.D. 565

by Don Taylor


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In a single volume, Roman Empire at War catalogues and offers a brief description of every significant battle fought by the Roman Empire from Augustus to Justinian I (and most of the minor ones too). The information in each entry is drawn exclusively from Ancient, Late Antique, and Early Medieval texts, in order to offer a brief description of each battle based solely on the information provided by the earliest surviving sources which chronicle the event. This approach provides the reader a concise foundation of information to which they can then confidently apply later scholarly interpretation presented in secondary sources in order to achieve a more accurate understanding of the most likely battlefield scenario.

In writing the battle descriptions, the author has not sought analyze the evidence contained in the surviving accounts, nor embellish them beyond that which was necessary to provide clarity to the modern reader. He allows the original writers to speak for themselves, presenting the reader with a succinct version of what the ancient chroniclers tell us of these dramatic events. It is an excellent first-stop reference to the many battles of the Roman Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473869080
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 08/18/2016
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr Don Taylor holds a PhD in European History with a concentration in Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Fulbright College of the University of Arkansas (USA). Since 1995 he has served as a university professor in European and Ancient History at Hardin-Simmons University, Texas and he has published and/or lectured on various topics of Greek and Roman history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Preface vii

Part 1 Introduction to Roman Imperial Warfare 1

The Roman Imperial Army 3

The Roman Legion, First Century BC-early Fourth Century AD 3

The CohortalLegion, c.105 BC-AD313 5

The Cohortal Legion: the officers and career structure below the centuriate during the Principate 5

The Auxilia of the Principate, 27 BC-AD 284 9

The Roman Army, mid-Third-Fifth Century AD 13

Limitanei 16

Mobile Field Armies 16

Battlefield Elements: Late Roman Cavalry 17

Battlefield Elements: Late Roman Infantry 18

From the Decline of the Roman West to the Death of Justinian in the East 19

The Roman Navy from the early Principate to the Death of Justinian 22

The Ancient Sources 24

The Reliability of the Ancient Sources 24

Note regarding Battlefield Numbers 25

Ancient Authors and their Works Relevant to this Study 26

Part 2 Battles of the Roman Empire 37

Alphabetical and Chronological List of Battles 39

Alphabetical List of Battles 39

Chronological List of Battles 42

Battles of the Roman Empire, 31 BC-AD 565 46

Notes 189

Bibliography 196

Index 201

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