Roman Military Disasters
Dark Days and Lost Legions
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
336 Pages, 6.14 x 9.21 in, color images
- February 2016
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
Over some 1200 years, the Romans proved adept at learning from military disaster and this was key to their eventual success and hegemony. Roman Military Disasters covers the most pivotal and decisive defeats, from the Celtic invasion of 390 BC to Alaric’s sack of Rome in AD 410. Paul Chrystal details the politics and strategies leading to each conflict, how and why the Romans were defeated, the tactics employed, the generals and the casualties. However, the unique and crucial element of the book is its focus on the aftermath and consequences of defeat and how the lessons learned enabled the Romans, usually, to bounce back and win.