The Sword of the Republic: A Biography of Marcus Claudius Marcellus

The Sword of the Republic: A Biography of Marcus Claudius Marcellus

by Jeremiah B. McCall


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The Sword of the Republic: A Biography of Marcus Claudius Marcellus by Jeremiah B. McCall

Marcellus’ military exploits were largely unmatched by any other aristocrat of Roman Middle Republic. As a young soldier in the First Punic War, he won a reputation for his skill in single combat. In his first consulship, he earned a triumph for defeating a Gallic tribe, no small feat in and of itself, and also slew the Gallic chieftain Britomartus in single combat. Consequently, he earned the spolia opima, an honor, according to Roman antiquarians, which had only been earned twice before, once by Romulus himself. He went on to defeat the hitherto-invincible Hannibal in a small battle around the central Italian city of Nola, and subsequently led an army to subdue and plunder the powerful city of Syracuse in an epic 2 year siege (despite the ingenious defensive measures of the inventor Archimedes). Yet, despite his undeniable success as a warrior and commander, Marcellus met with considerable political opposition at Rome.

Marcellus’ career not only makes exciting reading, but gives an excellent vantage point from which to view the military and political struggles of the period and the role of military successes in the aristocratic culture of the Roman Republic. His biography will be an important addition to existing works on Roman military history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848843790
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Publication date: 07/19/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 980,168
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeremiah B McCall is a school teacher in Cincinatti, Ohio. He is a pioneering advocate of the use of video games as teaching aids and has a PhD in Classical History. He is the author of The Cavalry of the Roman Republic (Routledge, 2002) and an academic work on the educational use of computer games.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

List of Maps xvii

List of Diagrams xviii

Chapter 1 The Early Career 1

Chapter 2 Hannibal and Campania 29

Chapter 3 Syracus 57

Chapter 4 The Political Battle for Syracuse 81

Chapter 5 The Final Italian Campaigns 103

Conclusion 125

Appendix: Marcellus' Record by Comparison 133

Notes and References 135

Bibliography 147

Index 149

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