Roman Conquests: The Danube Frontier

Michael Schmitz

Dr Michael Schmitz traces Roman involvement in the Danube region from first contact with the Thracians after the Third Macedonian War in the 2nd century BC to the ultimate conquest of Dacia by Trajan in the early years of the 2nd Century AD.
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Roman Conquests
Illustration :
color illustrations including 4 specially commissioned artworks by Graham Sumner
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848848245
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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The Roman conquests of Macedonia in the 2nd century BC led directly to the extension of their authority over the troublesome tribes of Thrace to the south of the Danube. But their new neighbor on the other side of the mighty river, the kingdom of the Dacians, was to pose an increasing threat to the Roman empire. Inevitably, this eventually provoked Roman attempts at invasion and conquest. It is a measure of Dacian prowess and resilience that several tough campaigns were required over more than a century before their kingdom was added to the Roman Empire. It was one of the Empire's last major acquisitions (and a short-lived one at that).

Dr. Michael Schmitz traces Roman involvement in the Danube region from first contact with the Thracians after the Third Macedonian War in the 2nd century BC to the ultimate conquest of Dacia by Trajan in the early years of the 2nd Century AD. Like the other volumes in this series, this book gives a clear narrative of the course of these wars, explaining how the Roman war machine coped with formidable new foes and the challenges of unfamiliar terrain and climate. Specially commissioned color plates bring the main troop types vividly to life in meticulously researched detail.

About The Author
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Dr Michael Schmitz is a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia.

REVIEWS
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"Much of the study’s focus region is poorly covered in English-language publications in general, which should make the volume popular with its proper readership..."

- Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"A good book for those interested in Roman policy and strategy or in frontier studies."

- The NYMAS Review

"I enjoyed the read and it has certainly given me much food for thought on how I can look to differentiate further my Dacians from a typical 'vanilla warband' army into a force that could pose more problems for a Roman foe, giving as it does a very good read, providing a very clear narrative of the wars in the area together with an account of how the Romans coped with the foes and terrain they encountered."

- JJ's Wargames

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