Rei militaris instituta, also called Epitoma rei militaris, written sometime between and , advocated a revival of the old system but had almost no influence. Epitoma rei militaris. Vegetius Edited by M. D. Reeve. Oxford Classical Texts. The first modern critical edition; Based on a comprehensive. The Epitoma Rei Militaris or Epitome of Military Science by Publius. Flavius Vegetius Renatus was in the Middle Ages one of the most popular.
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In order to do this he eulogises the army of the early Epitma Empire. If Rome the city is mentioned five times and Constantinople not at all p.
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C’s western obsession, however, leads to some rather curious arguments. Vegetius was up-to-date on contemporary cavalry 1. Strategy and tactics Infantry tactics. Cambridge University Press, There is no reason to question his general authorship, however. The third book, Tertius liber omnia artium genera, quae terrestri proelio necessaria uidentur, exponitsets forth all types of arts that appear to be necessary for fighting on land.
Likewise the attempt p. A more detailed discussion of these issues in E. Explicit references, which one might expect, to neither Valens’ disaster at Adrianopole nor Alaric’s capture of Rome occur in the text as we have it.
Most of C’s factual inaccuracies have been corrected above. Vegetius’ Christianity, however, is rather curious. Greek remained the dominant language of military treatises, but Latin seems to have become the chief tongue for work in veterinary science. This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
Yet C’s concession of Vegetius’ interchangeable use of civitates and urbes urbs occurs about ten times in 4. Epitona Epitoma rei militaris mjlitaris, the vade mecum of some Roman army historians and the most widely read work of Western military theory before Clausewitz’s Vom Kriegecontinues to fascinate and perplex: The scanty evidence encourages debate and the case for any emperor as the addressee involves spinning the sources to suit a thesis.
In reality, Vegetius probably describes an ideal rather than the reality. Although C follows p. Confessions and concessions, however, do not render C’s labors futile. As an additional justification for the work, C’s cites p.
Naval art and epjtoma works to Approaching Vegetius as a panegyrist, although novel, downplays him as a military theorist and pays too little heed to the genre in which he wrote.
Vegetius is keen to stress the shortcomings of the Roman Army in his lifetime. This Flavius Vegtius Renatus Epitoma rei militaris manuscript was produced circa twelfth century on vellum. Pillei Pannonici occur at 1. Balkan recruitment and the Bessi have already been mentioned. Only Silhanek has argued extensively for Vegetius’ location in the East.
C claims to have demonstrated pp. Lactantius under Diocletian and Priscian in the time of Anastasius and Justinian — both with jobs in the East for this very purpose — would offer examples. Much remains unknown and in the present state of evidence unknowable.
The absence in Vegetius of references to an emperor’s bonding techniques with the rank-and-file soldiers e. Portraying the military decadence of the Late Roman Empire, it is a plea for army reform. I of the 11th, possibly late 10th century.
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Military art and science–Quotations, maxims, kilitaris. Vegetius’ suggestion of a soldier’s religious oath to God and to the realm might have influenced knightly practices. From it, among other things, we learn details of the siege engine called the onagerwhich until recently was thought to have been common in medieval sieges.
Military art and science. This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online – explore trustworthy, annotated texts of writing worth reading. The Epitoma rei militaris influenced European military tactics during the Middle Ages. Milner observes that it was “one of the most popular Latin technical works from Antiquity, rivalling the elder Pliny ‘s Natural History in the number of surviving copies dating from before AD The most reliable modern edition is that of Michael D.
Second revised edition C’s brutal honesty merits applause.
Vegetius explains how one should fortify and organise a camp, how to train troops, how to handle undisciplined troops, how to handle a battle engagement, how to march, formation gauge, and many other useful methods of promoting organisation and valour in the legion.
Lenoir’s useful paper unknown to C: It is 63 leaves plus epitkma blankwith small characters; the titles of books and chapters are in red, and some capitals are drawn in red or green. Tacitus, Agricola and Auxiliary Infantry,” Athenaeum 92 The chapter concerns training recruits to use plumbatae: Few scholars escape unscathed from this terrain and C has made a valiant effort.
Epitoma rei militaris
Majority opinion puts Vegetius militarsi the West. Clements Library, The University of Michigan. Cato, a named source, romanized parts of Polybius’ lost Tactica and Frontinus’ Strategemata was inspired by Greek theory, as was in all likelihood his lost comprehensive work of military theory.