Constantine the Great General

A Military Biography

Stephen English, Elizabeth James

Constantine the Great is most often studied for his religious and political impact. But his success was made possible by an impressive military career which is worthy of study in its own right. This book examines each of his campaigns and battles. This will be a welcome study of a neglected facet of this historical colossus.
Date Published :
May 2012
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
1 x 8 page plate section, approximately 10 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848841185
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$34.95

Overview
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Constantine the Great is a titanic figure in Roman, and indeed world history. Most famed for making Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire (and thus ensuring its survival and spread), and for moving the seat of imperial rule to 'New Rome' (Constantinople), he is most often studied for his religious and political impact. But it is often forgotten that his power and success was made possible by the use of armed force, in an impressive military career which is well worthy of study in its own right. Constantine won victories over external barbarian armies as well as defeating the Roman armies of his internal rivals in civil war.

Elizabeth James sets the scene with a discussion of the nature of the Roman army as it emerged and evolved from from the Third Century Crisis, describing the make up of the armies, their weapons and tactics, and the impact of Constantine's policies and reforms. She then examines each of Constantine's campaigns and battles, (including the British campaign which led to his proclamation as emperor at York) to show that he deserves to be remembered as a great general as well as a great emperor. This will be a welcome study of a neglected facet of this historical colossus.

About The Author
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Dr Stephen English was recently awarded his PhD for his thesis on the military career of Alexander the Great. His first book, The Army of Alexander the Great, was published by Pen & Sword in 2009.He lives in County Durham.

Elizabeth James studied Ancient History at Oxford and Durham Universities, where a good knowledge of Greek and Latin allowed her to work on the sources in their original form. She has a particular interest in Late Antiquity. After a brief career in teaching, she is now a pursuing a career as a professional author and copy-editor. She has recently completed writing an A-level course on Classical Civilization for Oxford College.

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