John Drogo Montagu's Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Chronological PDF

By John Drogo Montagu

ISBN-10: 1853673897

ISBN-13: 9781853673894

15 maps 18 conflict plans eight x 10 * the simplest single-volume reference booklet for classical battles * Brings jointly the bills of the traditional historians This accomplished reference booklet at the battles of the traditional international covers occasions from the 8th century BC all the way down to 31BC, while Octavian defeated Antony and Cleopatra on the conflict of Actium. the writer provides, in an exhilarating and shiny sort and entire with conflict plans and maps, all the land and sea battles of the Greek and Roman worlds, in accordance with the debts via historians of the time. John Drogo Montagu's love of classical heritage used to be fostered in early life via an inspiring instructor. After a occupation in drugs, Montagu back to the classical international and wrote this ebook.

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T h e y placed the e m p h a s i s on c a r r y i n g marines, b o a r d i n g enemy ships a n d , in effect, fighting a land battle on the sea, m u c h as the G r e e k s h a d d o n e in the early days. T o this end, the R o m a n s resorted to technical i n n o v a t i o n a n d developed a device called the ' r a v e n ' (corvus), which m a d e its first a p p e a r a n c e at the battle of M y l a e (260). Basically it was a 36-foot long g a n g p l a n k which was hinged to the deck at the p r o w of the ship a n d was normally held upright against the mast.

T h i r d a n d most i m p o r t a n t , the p h a l a n x was replaced by a m o r e flexible m a c h i n e based on the division of the main i n f a n t r y b o d y , the legion, into small units called maniples. THE MANIPULAR LEGION A m a n i p u l a r legion was first described by Livy (8: 8) in c o n n e x i o n with the military events of 340, a l t h o u g h it must have been evolving f o r some years. In a later a n d m o r e detailed a c c o u n t . ) describes the R o m a n military system at the time of the Punic W a r s .

Likewise, the early history of R o m e c o n t a i n s m u c h that is purely legendary. Livy r e c o u n t s it but he a d m i t s its nature. A p a r t f r o m the Fasti, the official chronicles of magistracies, f u n c t i o n s a n d the like, the R o m a n s h a d very little reliable i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t their history b e f o r e the third century. W h a t they h a d was u n d o u b t e d l y p a d d e d out with tales a n d local ' k n o w l e d g e ' o r p u r e surmise a n d invention.

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