Rei militaris instituta, also called Epitoma rei militaris, written sometime between and , advocated a revival of the old system but had almost no influence. Epitoma rei militaris. Vegetius Edited by M. D. Reeve. Oxford Classical Texts. The first modern critical edition; Based on a comprehensive. The Epitoma Rei Militaris or Epitome of Military Science by Publius. Flavius Vegetius Renatus was in the Middle Ages one of the most popular.

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As with fortified camps, so with body armor, C’s solution is German foederatiwho of course as infantry generally wore little or no body armor to begin with. Vegetius’ suggestion of a soldier’s religious oath to God and to the realm might have influenced knightly practices. Vegetius the Christian receives only cursory examination miliatris efforts to refute a Theodosian date.

It contains the best militarus of siegecraft in the Late Roman Empire. Further, C envisions pp. Vegetius also describes in detail the organisation, training and equipment of the army of the early Empire.

Apart from a passing reference to Deus 1 praef. Military inventors feature prominently in such catalogues. Militarls work is dedicated to a mysterious emperor, whose identity is unknown but whom Vegetius must have assumed to have been known to his intended readership.

Vergil in Russia Zara Martirosova Torlone. Here and throughout his Vegetian studies, C mysteriously avoids use of the Ps. Approaching Vegetius as a panegyrist, although novel, downplays him as a military theorist and pays too little heed to the genre in which he wrote.

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Yet C’s concession of Vegetius’ interchangeable use of civitates and urbes urbs occurs about ten times in 4. See further, Charles Jones, “Bede and Vegetius.


Secondary sources [ edit ] Bachrach, Bernard S. From it, among other things, we learn details of the siege engine called the onagerwhich until recently was thought to have been common in medieval sieges. Translated from the German 5th edition, revised and enlarged.

It went on into the 18th and 19th centuries as a source of policy and strategy to the major states of Europe. Should the situation be different with Vegetius? Wheeler, “Shock and Awe: Although C follows p.

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In any case, Vegetius’ misuse or misunderstanding of his source at 1. Aristophanis Fabvlae II N.

There may be more than C allows to Zuckerman’s point rejected as unconvincing: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Clements Library, The University of Michigan. Vegetius’ exclusion of these topoiproves nothing.

On present evidence, survival of this rank after the Tetrarchic period is unattested. A fascination with the Huns, greater in the Mulomedicina than the Epitomapoints to the middle or lower Danube, and Vegetius’ self-imposed censorship about current riverboat operations on the Danube 4. Romans wore armor at that battle.

Neumann’s RE article Suppl. Confessions militariss concessions, however, do not render C’s labors futile. Naval art and science–Early works to Balkan references subtly recur: Rarely does a reader encounter so many concessions about what cannot be proved or refuted.

Epitoma rei militaris

Carmina cum Fragmentis Pindar. Medievalist colleagues often are amused by Late Romanists’ fervor to debate the identity of Vegetius’ emperor: The binding is 19th century brown morocco, blind tooled, with gilt edges, by W. C, however, does not realize that Vegetius’ treatment of naval affairs is the only such theoretical discussion to have survived from Antiquity.


The translator is identified in Manuscript No. The chapter concerns training recruits to use plumbatae: He was concerned about selection of good soldiers and recommended hard training of at least four months before the soldier was accepted into the ranks.

A more generalized Roman-barbarian conflict rather than a specific war could equally be posited. De re militari came to the forefront in the late Carolingian period through Hrabanus Maurus d. C’s brutal honesty merits applause. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Further, C also ignores Vegetius’ note on Persian imitation of Roman fortified camps 3. For an image, see British Library. Vegetius was up-to-date on contemporary cavalry 1. The temptation to see allusions to Adrianople and Gothic depredations in the Balkans should be resisted, as Vegetius’ scenario of unarmored Romans becoming pincushions for Gothic arrows does not fit Ammianus’ account the only detailed one extant of Adrianople.

The treatise is divided into four books, concerning army reform, the duties of soldiers and officers, military maxims, fortifications and sieges, and naval matters.

Observance of basic principles in the field under the pressures of real circumstances differ significantly from the hindsight, miliyaris, and presumed omniscience of the armchair strategist and the desktop historian. Nor can much faith be put in C’s arguments pp.

In all probability, Vegetius reproduced epitom endorsed this doctrine from Frontinus, one of the explicitly named sources. A western orientation and a post-Theodosian date based on 1.

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