Lucius Verus and the Roman Defence of the East

M C Bishop

Lucius Verus is one of the least regarded Roman emperors, despite the fact that he was co-ruler with his adoptive brother Marcus Aurelius for nine years until his untimely death. The later sources were strangely hostile to him and modern writers tend to dismiss him, but contemporary writings shine a more favourable light on his accomplishments. His
Date Published :
June 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
2 b/w maps, 8pp b/w plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473847606
Pages : 213
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Lucius Verus is one of the least regarded Roman emperors, despite the fact that he was co-ruler with his adoptive brother Marcus Aurelius for nine years until his untimely death. The later sources were strangely hostile to him and modern writers tend to dismiss him, but contemporary writings shine a more favorable light on his accomplishments. His handling of military affairs, particularly the conflict with Parthia after their invasions of Armenia and Syria, deserves a new consideration in the light of a careful reassessment of all the available source material. This volume looks at the upbringing of the boy who lost two fathers, acquired a brother, had his name changed twice, became a general overnight, and commanded the army that defeated one of Rome’s greatest foes in the 2nd century AD. His rise to power is placed in the context of Rome’s campaigns in the East and the part played by all – from the ordinary soldiers up to the aristocracy who commanded them – in making Lucius Verus’ Parthian Wars a success.

About The Author
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M C BISHOP is a specialist in Roman military archaeology. An archaeologist and archaeological illustrator by training, he is the founder of the Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies and of ROMEC (the Roman Military Equipment Conference). He is also an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews, but is best known as coauthor (with Jonathon Coulston) of the highly-regarded Roman Military Equipment (Oxford, 1993, revised edition 2005). He is also the author of Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses (2013) and The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain (2014) for Pen & Sword.

REVIEWS
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“This is a valuable read for anyone with an interest in Roman history. It not only offers a more nuanced account of the life of Verus and his campaigns, as well as a survey of the history of the defense of the Roman east from the late Republic, but also provides a valuable example of how to make good use of a source as notoriously unreliable as the HA.”

- The NYMAS Review

"Bishop's background is in Roman military archaeology, and where the details of Roman warfare are concerned, he knows his subject matter backwards and forwards. [...] For those who wish to understand how the Roman commanders fighting under Verus achieved success in the East, Bishop's book can be heartily recommended."

- Bryn Mawr Classical Review, July 2019

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