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By Brian Campbell

I have chanced on this booklet very important as a brief reference consultant to Roman army idea and resources. kind of like a Roman Sun-Tzu. The structure makes it effortless to slim down and choose from the acceptable writings. the single cause it is not a five-star is that the translations selected on artillery are a piece simplistic and never relatively the easiest and such a lot actual. i will not converse with a lot authority approximately different issues, yet during this slender example i might wish to see extra aspect. i assume it isn't the author's reason to damage new flooring, getting readers begun within the correct path is a helpful attempt.

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A major part of his success depended on his reorganization of the Macedonian army. He modified the phalanx, discarding the cuirass and equipping the soldiers with a small shield attached to the shoulder by a strap, which left their hands free to hold a pike (the sarisa) up to five metres long. The phalanx was deeper, containing at least sixteen and as many as thirtytwo ranks, and there were élite units of cavalry and infantry known as the ‘Companions’ that attended the king. The phalanx was carefully trained and drilled in a number of manoeuvres.

43 In the reign of Tiberius, Valerius Maximus published in nine books the memorable deeds and saying of Romans and non-Romans as an example to all. ’44 Traditionally Romans claimed to have great respect for exempla, that is, guides on how to behave in certain circumstances. 45 In a farming context we can see this in the advice offered by Columella to the aspiring farmer who wants to increase his fortune by tilling his fields: 14 INTRODUCTION: GREEK AND ROMAN WARFARE He should take special care to consult about everything the most knowledgeable farmers of his own day.

King Servius Tullius (c. 580–530 BC) according to tradition divided Roman citizens into six wealth classes that determined not only their political rights but also their military duties. e. ‘registered by a head count’) had no property and were excluded from military service. The richest group was that of the equites, who made up the cavalry. Therefore, from early times an obligation was placed upon Roman citizens to serve in the Roman army, but this was also a kind of privilege that identified a man’s social standing and contribution to the state.

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