Roman Military Disasters

Dark Days and Lost Legions

Paul Chrystal

* Covers twenty or so of the most decisive defeats in Roman history, spanning the period between the sackings of Rome in 390 BC and AD 410

* Discusses the strategies, tactics and other factors that led to defeat

* Analyses the aftermath and long-term effects of these battles

* Shows how the Romans' gift for recovery and learning from defeat was
Date Published :
February 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
color images
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473823570
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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There is a tendency when dealing with world superpowers to focus on their successes. After all, these are what made them superpowers in the first place. However, reverses and disasters suffered on the way to preeminence are equally significant. The experience of ancient Rome is no different. This book is the first to examine the paradoxical role lost battles and defeat played in the success of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire.

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.

About The Author
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Paul Chrystal is the author of some seventy books published over the last decade, including recent publications such as Wars and Battles of the Roman Republic, Roman Military Disasters and Women and War in Ancient Greece and Rome. He is a regular contributor to history magazines, local and national newspapers and has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and on BBC local radio throughout Yorkshire and in Teesside and Manchester. He writes extensively for several Pen & Sword military history series including ‘Cold War 1945–1991’, ‘A History of Terror’ and ‘Military Legacy’ (of British cities).

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