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Greek and Roman Military Writers

Selected Readings, 1st Edition

By Brian Campbell


256 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Brian Campbell has selected and translated a wide range of pieces from the ancient military writers who tell us about the technical aspects of military practice and the management of armies.

The pieces cover a fascinating range of topics - battle formations and manoeuvres, different types of troops, the art of generalship, methods for conducting and resisting a siege, the construction of artillery and fortifications, and every kind of ploy used by generals to defeat their opponents.

Each piece is annotated with further explanation and context, making this an essential resource for everyone studying the army and warfare in the classical age.


'Brian Campell has done a great service to students and teachers of ancient warfare, and multiple copies of this book are recommended for university teaching collections.' - BMCR

Table of Contents

Introduction: warfare in the Greek and Roman world 1. Organization, training and discipline 2. The general's role 3. Battle: military formations, tactics and stratagems 4. Attacking and defending cities 5. Military engineering: bridges, siege engines, and siege works

About the Author

Brian Campbell is Professor of Roman History at the Queen's University of Belfast. He has written several books on the Roman Army, including The Emperor and the Roman Army 31 BC-AD 235, The Roman Army 31 BC-AD 337: A Sourcebook and War and Society in Imperial Rome 31 BC - AD 284.

About the Series

Routledge Classical Translations

Routledge Classical Translations provides scholars and students with accurate, modern translations of key texts that illuminate distinctive aspects of the classical world and come from a range of periods, from early Greece to the Byzantine empire. Volumes include thematic groupings of texts, texts from important authors as well as texts from the Byzantine period that are relevant for the study of the classical world but which remain inaccessible. Each volume has accompanying notes and commentary that provide a solid framework for deeper understanding of the material. As well as providing translations of significant texts, the series makes available material that is untranslated into English or difficult to access, and places these texts within new contexts to open-up areas of study and support research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General