1st Edition

Greek and Roman Military Writers Selected Readings

By Brian Campbell Copyright 2004
    256 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 


    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.

    '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