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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Here and throughout his Vegetian studies, C mysteriously avoids use of the Ps. Vegetius the panegyrist wrote in the West for a young, palace-bound emperor with no military experience, as comparison with other fifth-century panegyrical texts demonstrates; the polemic against barbarians is aimed at the increasing reliance on foederatiwho provide the examples of Roman soldiers no longer wearing armor and building camps; and, finally, in C’s most original contribution, the inspiration for two useful articles on the Late Roman navy, 5 the treatise’s final section on naval affairs 4.
Vegetius emphasized things such as training of soldiers as a disciplined force, orderly strategymaintenance of supply lines and logisticsquality leadership and use of tactics and even deceit to ensure advantage over the opposition. Military art and science–History–Medieval, The first book, headed Primus liber electionem edocet iuniorum, ex quibus locis uel quales milites probandi sint aut quibus armorum exercitiis imbuendiexplains the selection of recruits, from which places and what kinds of men are soldiers to be authorised and with what exercises of arms they are to be indoctrinated.
C claims to have militarris pp. Majority opinion puts Vegetius in the West. It contains the best description of siegecraft in the Late Roman Empire.
Medievalist colleagues often are amused by Late Romanists’ fervor to debate the identity of Vegetius’ emperor: C has chosen to enter the treacherous minefield of Vegetian studies, a research topic notable for its booby traps and IEDs.
A Eutropius not to be confused e. Persians were famous for cataphracts and the Sasanids revived the use of militzris, as C discusses in detail elsewhere.
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Vegetius’ notes about siegecraft became especially obsolete when the technology advanced and gunpowder weapons such as cannon came into widespread use. Edition bound in goatskinRepublic of Venicec. The anonymous De rebus bellicis 6.
Ebert, Friedrich Adolf C’s diligent pursuit of contemporary references yields both successes and red herrings, some of which have already been mentioned. Charles, Vegetius in Context: Portraying the military decadence of the Late Roman Empire, it is a plea for army reform.
Choose your country or region Close. Regardless of whether C’s arguments for preferring the western to the eastern legions are correct, one wonders if C has missed Vegetius’ point at 1. Carmina cum Fragmentis Pindar.
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A possible reference to a British fleet 4. C subscribes to the views popular in some circles e. 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 Naval art and science–Early works to Ammianus’ could also have been cited as a Greek-speaker’s learned Latin despite his tortuous, rhetorical and not always clear style.
See further, Charles Jones, “Bede and Vegetius. C’s lack of attention to Vegetius’ sources and the genre of military theory perhaps constitutes the work’s greatest flaw.
The temptation to see allusions to Adrianople and Gothic depredations in the Balkans should be resisted, as Vegetius’ scenario of unarmored Romans becoming pincushions for Gothic arrows does not fit Ammianus’ account the only detailed one extant of Adrianople.
Stewechius ‘ opinion that the survival of Vegetius’ work led to the loss of his named sources were more typical of the late Renaissance. If the earlier date is preferred, it is unlikely Vegetius did all seven revisions or even one of them.
Books Available for Review. Balkan references subtly recur: Second revised edition The unknown editor altered rpitoma translation “to conform to modern usage” and abbreviated the text.
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The scanty evidence encourages debate and the case for any emperor as the addressee involves spinning the sources to suit a thesis. C scarcely advances the issue beyond Milner’s discussion, conceding only that Publius Vegetius Renatus was an important bureaucrat hence his Late Roman title “Flavius” in some MSSa wealthy landowner in the West, a Christian, and also the author of the Mulomedicina disputed by some.
Franz Steiner Verlag, C’s western obsession, however, leads to some rather curious arguments. II The Imperial Period. Milner’s fruits were largely harvested in the “Introduction” and notes to his translation above n.
On present evidence, survival of this rank after the Tetrarchic period is unattested. The typical delivery time is 2 weeks.
This Flavius Vegtius Renatus, Epitoma rei militaris manuscript was produced circa 12th century on vellum.
C does not recognize that such bonding techniques are topoitraceable in historical and military texts from Xenophon’s Agesilaus to the HA.