Roman Battle Tactics 109BC-AD313

Roman Battle Tactics 109BC-AD313

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How, exactly, did Rome become master of the ancient world? This book examines and illustrates the tactics employed by the legions of late Republican and early Imperial Rome, from the evidence o f ancient writers. The greatest military machine in the Western world for at least four centuries, the Roman Army was the foundation of the Western military tradition, and its doctrines were central to the later revival of trained, drilled professional armies. Here the evidence is discussed in clear detail, and brought to life with battle plans and full colour interpretations of tactical scenarios.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 184 x 248 x 7mm | 238g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 col
  • 1846031842
  • 9781846031847
  • 127,016

Table of contents

?INTRODUCTION: The size and organization of the legion - campaign attrition - From maniple to cohort: the cohort's functional identity - command structure - Basic battle formations - Intervals in the battle line: control and cohesion - the - interval as a channel for attack and a defensive trap -
the size of intervals * LEGIONARY BATTLE LINES AND MANOEUVRES: Simplex acies: Forum Gallorum, 43 BC - Ruspina, 46 BC - Carrhae, 53 BC: disastrous result of the abandonment of the simplex acies - Duplex acies: Ilerda, 49 BC - Maximinus' agmen quadratum, AD 238 - Arrian's array against the Alans, AD 135 - Triplex and quadruplex acies: Ilerda, 49 BC - the {muthul}, 109 BC - Chaeronea, 86 BC - Pistoria, 62 BC - Caesar in Gaul, 58 BC - Pharsalus, 48 BC: the devotio - Uzzita, 46 BC - the Rhyndacus, 85 BC: use of field entrenchments - Thapsus, 46 BC: mixed triplex and quadruplex acies - Second Philippi, 42 BC - Detached forces and surprise attacks: Tigranocerta, 69 BC - Aquae Sextiae, 102 BC: the morale value of noise - Lauron, 76 BC - Segovia, 75 BC: the refused centre - Downhill and uphill charges: Mts Armanus & Gindarus, 39 & 38 BC - Ilerda and Dyrrachium, 49 and 48 BC - First Philippi, 42 BC - Mons Graupius, 84 AD
*OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE FORMATIONS: The cuneus and 'pig's head': use at Bonn, AD 69 - in Britain, AD 61 - at Cremona, AD 69 - The orbis: use at Cirta, 105 BC - by Sabinus and Cotta, 54 BC - by Caesar in Britain, 55 BC - by Chariovalda in Germany, AD 16 - by legio XXXVI at Nicopolis, 47 BC - at Adretum, AD 9 - on the Danube, AD 173/174
- The testudo: use at Issus, AD 194 - at Daphne, AD 272 -
at Cremona, AD 69 - The agmen quadratum and testudo: in Mark Antony's retreat from Media, 36 BC - failure against Ardashir, AD 233 *EPILOGUE: Adrianople, AD 313 - Ctesiphon, AD 363 *REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING*PLATE COMMENTARIES*INDEX
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"The Roman Army was not only the greatest military machine in the Western world for at least 4 centuries, the Roman Army was the foundation of the Western military tradition. This title contains the battle plans & colour interpretations of tactical scenarios." --Neoproprealism Journal (May 2008)

"Overall, this was an excellent book and directly addresses matters of interest to wargamers. The content can be immediately turned to use by developing scenarios from the diagrams provided. In the longer term, I think this book will create a greater appreciation among gamers of the difficulty in developing rules that adequately simulate the command and control and maneuver found on an ancient battlefield." (August 2007)

"...illustrated using photos of extant art from that period and the superb historical reconstructions of illustrator Adam Hook. His work brings to life what can be a bit complicated or esoteric to many readers... A book you'll enjoy reading and one that I can recommend to you along with any other Osprey title." --Scott Van Aken, (July 2007)
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About Ross Cowan

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.

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on the Aztecs, the Greeks, the American Civil War and the American Revolution. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.
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