The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire: From the First Century A. D. to the Third / Edition 1

The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire: From the First Century A. D. to the Third / Edition 1

by Edward N. Luttwak
     
 

'A fascinating book, well written and forcefully argued...Luttwak's formulations are as refreshing as they are convincing...He+ has done for Roman historians what they have not done for themselves.' --Z. Yavetz, New Republic See more details below

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'A fascinating book, well written and forcefully argued...Luttwak's formulations are as refreshing as they are convincing...He+ has done for Roman historians what they have not done for themselves.' --Z. Yavetz, New Republic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801821585
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1979
Series:
Johns Hopkins Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Introduction1
1The Julio-Claudian System. Client States and Mobile Armies from Augustus to Nero7
The System in Outline13
The Client States20
The Management of the Clients30
The Tactical Organization of the Army40
The Strategic Deployment of Forces46
Conclusion49
2From the Flavians to the Severi. "Scientific" Frontiers and Preclusive Defense from Vespasian to Marcus Aurelius51
The System in Outline55
Border Defense: The Tactical Dimension61
Border Defense: The Strategic Dimension80
The Decline of the Client System111
The Army117
Conclusion126
3Defense-In-Depth. The Great Crisis of the Third Century and the New Strategies127
The System in Outline130
The Changing Threat145
The New Borders of the Empire154
Walled Towns and Hard-point Defenses159
Border Troops170
Provincial Forces173
Central Field Armies182
Conclusion188
Epilogue. The Three Systems: An Evaluation191
Appendix.Power and Force: Definitions and Implications195
Notes201
List of Works Cited233
Index247
Maps
1.1The Empire in A.D. 2310
1.2The East under the Julio-Claudians28
1.3The German Problem, A.D. 6-1634
2.1The Frontiers in the Second Century58
2.2Strategic Mobility in the Roman Empire82
2.3The Wall Frontiers of Roman Britain90
2.4The Advancing Frontier in Germany94
2.5The Second-Century Frontiers in Europe98
2.6The Dacian Conquest102
2.7The Strategic Importance of Armenia106
2.8The Parthian Empire and the Roman East109
3.1The Great Crisis of the Third Century148
3.2The Frontiers of the Tetrarchy and the New Provinces156
3.3The Defense-in-Depth of the German Frontier162
3.4Defense-in-Depth: Augusta Libanensis (Only Attested Units Shown)180
Figures
1.1Roman Unit Establishments in the First and Second Centuries A.D.14
1.2Two Models of Empire22
2.1Models of Frontier Organization I62
2.2Models of Frontier Organization II64
2.3Hadrian's Wall: The Barrier Elements70
2.4The Tactics of Forward Defense76
3.1Operational Methods of Border Defense: Elastic Defense138
3.2Operational Methods of Border Defense: Defense-in-Depth140
3.3Operational Methods of Border Defense: Forward Defense142
3.4The Changing Pattern of Roman Fortification164
Tables
2.1Legionary Deployments, A.D. 23 to A.D. 19285
2.2Auxiliary Troops in Lower Germany87
3.1Distribution of Troops: Frontiers and Field Armies in the East and West189

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