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4.0 out of 5 stars Rome and the Enemy, 1 Sept. 2013
Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rome and the Enemy: Imperial Strategy in the Principate (Paperback)
This book seeks to explore the question "What were the reasons behind the Roman leadership's most important decisions about foreign war and peace?". The period covered is roughly from 31 BC (the Battle of Actium) to the fall of Severus Alexander in 235. So broadly the period covers the setting up and operation of the system largely initiated under Augustus - provinces, armies, taxation systems until after 235 when this system, and literature of the time on it, ceased. The question is discussed in terms of geography, military strategy, economics and values.

This book follows on nicely in my reading from one I read on War, Peace, and Alliance in Demosthenes' Athens by Peter Hunt. While clearly far apart chronologically (and somewhat geographically), it is interesting to see where there may be similarities or contrasts in the thinking and presentation of warlike strategies or influences.

The book offers more of a descriptive outline, rather than deep-reaching analysis, but at that level it leaves the reader with plenty of food for thought and options for further reading. In many cases a definitive deep-reaching analysis is difficult, or impossible to achieve given the scarcity of impartial and extant sources from the period. This book offers a fresh and intriguing approach to Roman strategic thinking, and is well worth a study.
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Rome and the Enemy: Imperial Strategy in the Principate
Rome and the Enemy: Imperial Strategy in the Principate by Susan P Mattern (Paperback - 13 Dec. 2002)
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