Roman Battle Tactics 390-110 BC

Overview

From the Roman army's origins as war bands of farmer-warriors, mounting only brief, seasonal raids against their equally belligerent neighbours, the Romans developed a militia that adopted the weapons and tactics of the Greek phalanx. They then outstripped their rivals for power with the vital innovation of the 'manipular legion', a much more flexible and versatile battle formation. Fuelled by their willpower and resilience, the Romans'social and tactical organization enabled them to sweep away first the rival ...

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Overview

From the Roman army's origins as war bands of farmer-warriors, mounting only brief, seasonal raids against their equally belligerent neighbours, the Romans developed a militia that adopted the weapons and tactics of the Greek phalanx. They then outstripped their rivals for power with the vital innovation of the 'manipular legion', a much more flexible and versatile battle formation. Fuelled by their willpower and resilience, the Romans'social and tactical organization enabled them to sweep away first the rival empire of Carthage and then the Hellenistic armies of the Greek world. Illustrated with battle plans and colour plates of formations and tactical scenarios, this book explains the development of the military machine that enabled Rome to dominate the whole Mediterranean.

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"Roman Battle Tactics by Nic Fields, Ph.D. is an excellently researched instructive manual on the various skirmishes and war maneuvers of the Roman Empire from 390 B.C. to 110 B.C. Fields displays his extensive knowledge of ancient history brilliantly, and without sounding the least bit dry...  The chronological explanations of the names, uses, weapons, and training methods of each type of unit the Romans used was especially helpful in understanding how each victory came about." - Meredith Greene, San Francisco Book Review (March 2010)  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033827
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 823,781
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Cowan was formerly a research student at the University of Glasgow where he was recently awarded a PhD for a thesis on the Roman army entitled 'Aspects of the Severan Field Army AD 193-238.' The major themes of the thesis are the organisation of the Praetorian Guard and Legio II Parthica, their recruitment, numbers and equipment. Ross also completed his first degree at Glasgow. In 1999 he was elected a fellow of the Society of the Antiquaries of Scotland. He has previously written Elite 155 Roman Battle Tactics 109 BC-AD 313. The author lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology Of Major Conflicts 7

Italy Before Rome 10

Etruscans

Latins

Oscans

Greeks

Celtic incursions

A village called Rome

The Age of Kings 13

Clan warfare

City-state warfare

The'Servian'army

The Age of Conquests 23

Italy

The western Mediterranean

The Greek world

The'Livian'legion

The'Polybian'legion

The socii

The Roman Way of War 30

The war band

The phalanx

Phalanx versus war band: The Allia, 390 BC

The Caudine Forks, 321 BC

The manipular legion

The triplex acies

The pilum

The gladius and scufum

Militia versus mercenary: Cannae, 216 BC

Zama, 202 BC

Legion versus phalanx: Kynoskephalai, 197 BC

Magnesia, 190 BC

Pydna, 168 BC

Select Bibliography 63

Index 64

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