Civil War and Rebellion in the Roman Empire A.D. 69-70

Civil War and Rebellion in the Roman Empire A.D. 69-70

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... the hostile nations and their armaments are of similar character and their troops display similar qualities. It does not hold good in contests between European troops _and most Asiatic nations, or barbarians; e.g. an Alexander or a Caesar, a Cortez or a Clive, is not an example to the contrary of this rule. Nor does it apply to mere raids across the frontier where no fighting or occupation of the enemy's land is intended. 3 I take the quotation from Von der Goltz, T/ze Natian in Arms, p. 383. st-: c.v FLAVIAN INVASION OF ITALY 177 The invasion of Italy by the Danube army was clearly a daring, even a perilous, strategy to adopt. But when invasion is conducted by such a general, when in itself it has such advantages over the defence, surely the plan might seem justified? In the zeal to inflict injury upon the enemy, a resolution must not aim at the unattainable, though it should venture to go to the extreme limit of the permissible. In war, nothing rational must be considered impossible as long as it has not been tested; and we may dare everything we believe we can carry out.' "_In war, nothing rational must be considered impossible." The Flavian invasion of Italy as conducted in the autumn of A.D. 69 had no rational prospect of success. It ought to have been hurled back in ruinous defeat and panic-stricken disgrace over the Pannonian Alps. For the Flavian forces struggled over the mountains down to the plain of North-east Italy in widely separated detachments. Those who arrived first flung themselves forward regardless of any co-operation with those who were to come after them. Here came a band of auxiliaries; then, after a gap, came a legion; then, after a pause of some days, other legions. The whole conduct of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836340
  • 9781236836342