Roman Battle Tactics 109BC-AD313 by Ross CowanRoman Battle Tactics 109BC-AD313 by Ross Cowan

Roman Battle Tactics 109BC-AD313

byRoss CowanIllustratorAdam Hook

Paperback | July 24, 2007

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The book clearly explains and illustrates the mechanics of how Roman commanders - at every level - drew up and committed their different types of troops for open-field battles. It includes the alternative formations used to handle different tactical problems and different types of terrain; the possibilities of ordering and controlling different deployments once battle was joined; and how all this was based on the particular strengths of the Roman soldier. Covering the period of "classic" legionary warfare from the late Republic to the late Western Empire, Ross Cowan uses case studies of particular battles to provide a manual on how and why the Romans almost always won, against enemies with basic equality in weapon types - giving practical reasons why the Roman Army was the Western World's outstanding military machine for 400 years.
Ross Cowan was formerly a research student at the University of Glasgow where he was recently awarded a PhD for a thesis on the Roman army entitled 'Aspects of the Severan Field Army AD 193-238'. The major themes of the thesis are the organization of the Praetorian Guard and Legio II Parthica, their recruitment, numbers and equipment. ...
Title:Roman Battle Tactics 109BC-AD313Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.54 × 7.29 × 0.12 inPublished:July 24, 2007Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1846031842

ISBN - 13:9781846031847

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Table of Contents

?INTRODUCTION: The size and organization of the legion - campaign attrition - From maniple to cohort: the cohort's functional identity - command structure - Basic battle formations - Intervals in the battle line: control and cohesion - the - interval as a channel for attack and a defensive trap -
the size of intervals · LEGIONARY BATTLE LINES AND MANOEUVRES: Simplex acies: Forum Gallorum, 43 BC - Ruspina, 46 BC - Carrhae, 53 BC: disastrous result of the abandonment of the simplex acies - Duplex acies: Ilerda, 49 BC - Maximinus' agmen quadratum, AD 238 - Arrian's array against the Alans, AD 135 - Triplex and quadruplex acies: Ilerda, 49 BC - the {muthul}, 109 BC - Chaeronea, 86 BC - Pistoria, 62 BC - Caesar in Gaul, 58 BC - Pharsalus, 48 BC: the devotio - Uzzita, 46 BC - the Rhyndacus, 85 BC: use of field entrenchments - Thapsus, 46 BC: mixed triplex and quadruplex acies - Second Philippi, 42 BC - Detached forces and surprise attacks: Tigranocerta, 69 BC - Aquae Sextiae, 102 BC: the morale value of noise - Lauron, 76 BC - Segovia, 75 BC: the refused centre - Downhill and uphill charges: Mts Armanus & Gindarus, 39 & 38 BC - Ilerda and Dyrrachium, 49 and 48 BC - First Philippi, 42 BC - Mons Graupius, 84 AD
·OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE FORMATIONS: The cuneus and 'pig's head': use at Bonn, AD 69 - in Britain, AD 61 - at Cremona, AD 69 - The orbis: use at Cirta, 105 BC - by Sabinus and Cotta, 54 BC - by Caesar in Britain, 55 BC - by Chariovalda in Germany, AD 16 - by legio XXXVI at Nicopolis, 47 BC - at Adretum, AD 9 - on the Danube, AD 173/174
- The testudo: use at Issus, AD 194 - at Daphne, AD 272 -
at Cremona, AD 69 - The agmen quadratum and testudo: in Mark Antony's retreat from Media, 36 BC - failure against Ardashir, AD 233 ·EPILOGUE: Adrianople, AD 313 - Ctesiphon, AD 363 ·REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING·PLATE COMMENTARIES·INDEX

Editorial Reviews

"The Roman Army was not only the greatest military machine in the Western world for at least 4 centuries, the Roman Army was the foundation of the Western military tradition. This title contains the battle plans & colour interpretations of tactical scenarios." -Neoproprealism Journal (May 2008)"Overall, this was an excellent book and directly addresses matters of interest to wargamers. The content can be immediately turned to use by developing scenarios from the diagrams provided. In the longer term, I think this book will create a greater appreciation among gamers of the difficulty in developing rules that adequately simulate the command and control and maneuver found on an ancient battlefield." (August 2007)"...illustrated using photos of extant art from that period and the superb historical reconstructions of illustrator Adam Hook. His work brings to life what can be a bit complicated or esoteric to many readers... A book you'll enjoy reading and one that I can recommend to you along with any other Osprey title." -Scott Van Aken, (July 2007)