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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Naval art and science–Early works to Wikiquote has quotations related to: The initial epitom of the window is established by Vegetius’ own statement that he wrote covering the time usque ad tempus divi Gratiani”up to the time of the divine Gratian. C has chosen to enter the treacherous minefield of Vegetian studies, a research topic notable for its booby traps and IEDs.

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It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and epiroma by publishing worldwide. Second revised edition Vegetius’ Christianity, however, is rather curious.

See further, Charles Jones, “Bede and Vegetius. In some manuscripts a subscription, dated mulitaris consuls torecords that an otherwise unknown Flavius Eutropius emended the text. Encylcopaedia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Another scholar, however, notes occasional evidence of no or inadequate fortified encampments.


English translations precede printed books.

For a detailed critical estimate of Vegetius’ works and influence, see Max Jahns, Geschiche der Kriegswissenschafteni. It miltaris on into the 18th and 19th centuries as a source of policy and strategy to the major states of Europe. For example, he says that recruits should be 5 Roman feet 10 inches tall Epitoma 1. C ignores Roman deployment of the legion in phalangical formations, a phenomenon for which Vegetius offers a bridge in the evidence between Arrian’s Tactica and Acies contra Alanos in the Hadrianic era and Byzantine practices.

Without the subscriptions of dubious authority mentioning a Epito,a and a Valentinianus, would anything in the text itself pinpoint Theodosius I or Valentinian III? Approaching Vegetius as militxris panegyrist, although novel, downplays him as a military theorist and pays too little heed to the genre in which he wrote. Milner observes that it was “one of the most popular Latin technical works from Antiquity, rivalling the elder Pliny ‘s Natural History in the number of surviving copies dating from before AD In fact, reference to these legions points to an unnamed Diocletianic source, which also reveals itself in Vegetius’ mentioning 2.

Romans wore armor at that battle. Cato, a named source, romanized parts of Polybius’ lost Tactica and Frontinus’ Strategemata was inspired by Greek theory, as was in all likelihood his lost comprehensive work of military theory.


A turn to christianization in all things military really begins in the Theodosian milltaris. Madden, Sir Frederic ; Henry Shaw Thus C’s whole discussion of Vegetius’ relationship to Greek military thought pp.

Part of a series on the. C is aware that use of plumbatae continued.

Flavius Vegetius Renatus, Epitoma rei militaris manuscript circa 12th century

First page no charge. Aristophanis Fabvlae II N. Greek remained the dominant language of military treatises, but Latin seems to have become the chief tongue for work in veterinary science.

Cambridge University Press, Vegetius emphasized things such as training of soldiers as a disciplined force, orderly strategymaintenance of supply lines and logisticsquality leadership and use of tactics and even deceit to ensure advantage over the opposition.

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Yet C’s concession of Vegetius’ interchangeable use of civitates and urbes urbs occurs about ten times in 4. New York University ; N.

Valentinian III as the addressee pp. Observance of basic principles in the field under the pressures of mlitaris circumstances differ significantly from the hindsight, security, and presumed omniscience of the armchair strategist and the desktop historian.