Rei militaris instituta, also called Epitoma rei militaris, written sometime between and , advocated a revival of the old system but had almost no influence. Epitoma rei militaris. Vegetius Edited by M. D. Reeve. Oxford Classical Texts. The first modern critical edition; Based on a comprehensive. The Epitoma Rei Militaris or Epitome of Military Science by Publius. Flavius Vegetius Renatus was in the Middle Ages one of the most popular.

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Romans wore armor at that battle. C ignores Roman deployment of the legion in phalangical formations, a phenomenon for which Vegetius offers a bridge in the evidence between Arrian’s Tactica and Acies contra Alanos in the Hadrianic era and Byzantine practices. However attractive this solution may be from one perspective, C does not provide evidence that Rome imposed use of armor or Roman tactics miliaris the foederati.

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Cambridge University Press, Reeve Oxford Classical Texts The first modern critical edition Based on a comprehensive investigation of over surviving manuscripts. In particular, many of C’s bombardments of the case for Theodosius I have not missed their target. However, after the first printed editions, Vegetius’ position as the premier military authority began to decline, as ancient historians such as Polybius became available.

They are organized into four books:. It contains the best description of siegecraft in the Late Roman Empire. Without the subscriptions of dubious authority mentioning a Theodosius and a Valentinianus, would anything in the text itself pinpoint Theodosius I or Valentinian III? Approaching Vegetius as a panegyrist, although novel, downplays him as a military theorist and pays too little heed to the genre in which he wrote.

But if Vegetius used Orosius and either carelessly or intentionally misinterpreted him — panegyrists and military theorists, after all, are not held to strict standards of historical accuracy — C would have further support for his desired fifth-century date. An early English version via French was published by Caxton in Vegetius was up-to-date on contemporary cavalry 1. The binding is 19th century brown morocco, blind tooled, with gilt edges, by W.


C rightly sees the veterinary treatise as a militais work, although this view does not preclude the Epitoma ‘s date in the late fourth century. Franz Steiner Verlag, Even after the introduction of gunpowder to Europe, it was carried by general officers and their staffs as a field guide to methods. Persians were famous for cataphracts and the Sasanids revived the use of elephants, as C epitomx in detail elsewhere.

To the modern day, Latin copies of the miliraris have survived, militarls including translations to various other European languages. In that case he would have been alive in the windowthe dates of Theodosius’ reign. I leave for others to assess critically C’s specific arguments. After all, this is the way that things often worked. Edition bound in goatskinRepublic of Venicec.

Survival of these units of Iovani and Herculiani is irrelevant. Claudian, however, would seem at least partially to compromise Seeck’s argument: Choose your country or region Close.

The chapter concerns training recruits to use plumbatae: Manuscripts Division William L. Stickler, “The Foederati ,” in P.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Chastagnol’s comparison of Epit. This is the “Odysseus ethos” and the doctrine of stratagems. Valentinian III as the addressee pp.

To paraphrase Clausewitz, everything in war may seem simple, but in war even the simplest thing is difficult. As the partition of Armenia in notas C p.

Here are some titles from among the incunabulabooks printed before If Rome the city is mentioned five times and Constantinople not at all p. Yet militarie conceptually more varied anonymous treatise De rebus bellicis offers more fertile ground for plowing this type of furrow, and C does not fully mine the nuggets of information, conveniently summarized by the late M. Vergil in Russia Zara Martirosova Torlone.


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Clements Library, The University of Michigan. C’s brutal honesty merits applause. Vegetius’ reforms retain the legionary eagle and the other signa militariawhich had definite pagan connections, and about which he states 3. A Eutropius not to be confused e. Downloadable from Google Books.

The first book, headed Primus liber electionem edocet iuniorum, ex quibus locis uel quales milites probandi sint aut quibus armorum exercitiis imbuendiexplains the selection of recruits, from which places and what kinds of men are soldiers to be authorised and with what exercises of arms they are to be indoctrinated.

More probably, Vegetius reproduced an exemplum of a primus inventor found in his source. Thus C’s whole discussion of Vegetius’ relationship to Greek military thought pp. For a reviewer, whose own study of this Latin text began in his undergraduate days many moons agoand who has tended to favor a late fourth-century date, C’s monograph aroused more than casual interest: Portraying the military decadence of the Late Roman Empire, it is a plea for army reform.

Nevertheless, the real issue is whether C’s attempt to put Vegetius in context has produced a better understanding of the man and his treatise. A Gaul like the epitomator Eutropius could spend the bulk of his career in the East and still compose his Breviarium in Latin.

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