Rome at War AD 229-696

Rome at War AD 229-696

Paperback Essential Histories

By (author) Michael Whitby

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 95 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 244mm x 8mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841763594
  • ISBN 13: 9781841763590
  • Illustrations note: b/w figs and pls, col illus and maps
  • Sales rank: 481,726

Product description

In the early third century AD the Roman Empire was a force to be reckoned with, controlling vast territories and wielding enormous political power from Scotland to the Sahara. Four hundred years later this mighty empire was falling apart in the face of successive problems that the rulers failed to deal with. In this volume, Michael Whitby tackles the fundamental issues (such as the rise of Christianity) that led to the "decline and fall" of the Roman Empire, and offers a reassessment of the performance of the late Roman army.

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Author information

Michael Whitby is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick. He is the author of The Emperor Maurice and his Historian, Theophylact Simocatta on Persian and Balkan Warfare (1988) and is co-editor of the forthcoming 'Cambridge History of Ancient Warfare' (2003/04). He is currently working on a study of Warfare and Society in the later Roman world.

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"I am most favorably impressed by the Essential Histories series on the American Civil War. Written by four of the best historians of the military course of the war, these volumes provide a lucid and concise narrative of the campaigns in both the Eastern and Western theaters as well as penetrating analyses of strategies and leadership. Ideal for classroom use or fireside reading."

Table of contents

Introduction and Chronology - Background to war - Warring sides - Outbreak - The Fighting - Portrait of a soldier - World around war - Portrait of a civilian - How the war ended - Conclusion and consequences