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Book Review

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:00 pm

Vegetius, N.P. Milner (trans.): 2nd Revised Edition, Liverpool University Press, 2011

This is a book of considerable information about the Roman Military. Those who have an interest in the subject will be pleased at the volume of information found in this book. Unfortunately, many details about the actual construction of military machines such as siege machines and tactics are not found here, but the book is an excellent primary work for the beginning military historian.

The book is arranged within itself into four books:

Book I -- Recruitment and Training;
Book II -- The Armed Services:
>> The formation and structure of the Ancient Legion;
>> The Ancient Legion in battle-order;
>> The administration of the Ancient Legion.
Book III -- Logistics, Commissariat, Dicipline, Signals, Castrametation:
>> Pre-Battle Strategy;
>> Battle Tactics and Strategies.
Book IV -- Fortifications, Siege, the Navy:
>> Preparations for a siege;
>> Siege-strategies of attack and defence;
>> shipbuilding;
>> The art of navigation;
>> Naval warfare.

As a student military historian myself, I have enjoyed reading this book hugely, and from its pages I have gone on with great interest to other volumes which dealt with these military subjects in a little more detail. However, I have never regretted the basic military data that I got from this book and I have used the book and many of its various comments as reference in my efforts to expand on the ideas so well covered by this book and it’s basic military information. I would strongly recommend that this book be a basic part of any beginning Roman Military Historian’s library.

Respectfully Submitted;

Marcus Audens
Marcus Minucius Audens
 

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