Mons Graupius AD 83: Rome's battle at the edge of the world

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Osprey's Campaign title for the battle at Mons Graupius (83 AD), which was a decisive conflict between Rome and Britain. In AD 77, Roman forces under Agricola marched into the northern reaches of Britain in an attempt to pacify the Caledonian tribesman. For seven years, the Romans marched and battled across what is now Scotland. Finally, in AD 83, they fought the final battle at Mons Graupius where 10,000 Caledonians were slaughtered from only 360 Roman dead. It proved the high-water mark of Roman power...

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Overview

Osprey's Campaign title for the battle at Mons Graupius (83 AD), which was a decisive conflict between Rome and Britain. In AD 77, Roman forces under Agricola marched into the northern reaches of Britain in an attempt to pacify the Caledonian tribesman. For seven years, the Romans marched and battled across what is now Scotland. Finally, in AD 83, they fought the final battle at Mons Graupius where 10,000 Caledonians were slaughtered from only 360 Roman dead. It proved the high-water mark of Roman power in Britain. Following unrest elsewhere in the empire, the north of Scotland was abandoned and Rome's forces began their long retreat. Never again would Roman arms stand on the edge of the known world.

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"The author is an expert on ancient Greek and Roman warfare and he draws on firsthand accounts of Tacitus, Agricola’s son-in-law." -www.mataka.org (October 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846039263
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,481,579
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Duncan B Campbell is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman warfare. He published his first paper in 1984, as an undergraduate at Glasgow University, and produced a complete re-assessment of Roman siegecraft for his Ph.D. His work has appeared in several international journals. He lives near the Antonine Wall in Scotland with his wife and son. The author lives in Scotland.

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Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign 5

The Claudian invasion: peoples subdued and kings captured

Nero's governors: conquering nations, strengthening garrisons

Rome and the Brigantes Vespasian's new order: great generals and illustrious armies

Chronology 14

Opposing Forces 16

The Roman Army: pillagers of the world

The Caledonian forces: the noblest in all Britain

Opposing Commanders and Plans 32

Agricola and the Romans

Calgacus and the Caledonians

The Campaign 36

Agricola's first season (AD 77): sharing the danger

Agricola's second season (AD 78): estuaries and forests

Agricola's third season (AD 79): new peoples as far as the Tay

Agricola's fourth season (AD 80): setting a boundary

Agricola's fifth season (AD 81): crossing into trackless wastes

Agricola's sixth season (AD 82): a war by land and sea

Domitian's Chattan war: a conflict of interests

The mutiny of the recruits: a bold and remarkable crime

Marching camps: like towns produced in a moment

Agricola's line of march: passing forests, crossing estuaries

The Battle 57

The long march

The Graupian Mountain

The general's speech

Deploying for battle

The opening stage

The battle is joined An outflanking attempt

Mopping up

Aftermath 84

Circumnavigation

Events at Rome

The historical truth

The Battlefield Today 91

Bibliography 93

Abbreviations 94

Index 95

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