Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, Roman Historian, Writes About Roman Military Power.

by Daniel Russ on March 9, 2014

 

 

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No one really knows much about this Roman chronicler of Roman methods of warfare. Hew rote two tomes and that is all we have of him.: Epitoma rei militaries  and Digesta Artis Mulomedicinae, a treaty on animal medicine.

.“The Lacedaemonians, the Athenians, the Marsians, the Samnites, the Peligni….Did not the Epirots acquire in former times a great reputation in war? Did not the Macendonians and the Thessalians, after conqueringthe Persians , pebnetrate even into India? It is well known that the warlike Dacians, Moesians and Thracians gave rise to the fable that Mars was born among them.”

 

“There are two methods of entrenching a camp. When the danger is not imminent, they carry a slight ditch round the whole circuit, only nine feet broad and seven feet deep. With the turf taken from this they make a kind of wall or breastwork three feet high on the inner side of the ditch. But where there is reason to be apprehensive of attempts of the enemy, the camp must be surrounded with a regular ditch twelve feet broad and nine feet deep perpendicular  from the surface of the ground.”

 

Source: The Military Institutions Of The Romans. Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus.

 

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