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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Vegetius’ Christianity, however, is rather curious.

A Translation and Commentary diss. Military art and science–History–Medieval, Nor is this the only occasion when C’s miitaris and Valentinian III obsessions miss a possibly valid argument.

Vegetius’ Epitoma rei militaristhe vade mecum of some Roman army historians and the most widely read work of Western military theory before Clausewitz’s Vom Kriegecontinues to fascinate and perplex: Problematic also are aspects of C’s Vegetius the panegyrist.

Epitoma rei militaris

Vegetius’ epitome mainly focuses on military organisation and how to react to certain occasions in war. Greek remained the dominant language of military treatises, but Latin seems to have become the chief tongue for work in veterinary science.

Neumann’s RE article Suppl. C claims to have demonstrated pp.

Another scholar, however, notes occasional evidence of no or milittaris fortified encampments. 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. Wheeler, Duke University ewheeler duke. To the modern day, Latin copies of the book have survived, not including translations to various other European languages.


The Abels-Morillo Defense of Discontinuity. Second revised edition On C’s reading of the text pp. Vegetius used Eutropius the epitomator as a source, as this reviewer hopes to demonstrate elsewhere.

Vergil in Russia Zara Martirosova Torlone. 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. Some of the manuscripts have a note that the text was revised for the 7th time in Constantinople in the consulate of Valentinian, who must have been Valentinian IIImilittaris For the work of the same name by Roberto Valturio, see De re militari Valturio.

A Eutropius not to be confused e. Chastagnol’s comparison of Epit. Access is by subtitle. Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatusthough the work was revised a number of times afterwards. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.

The first book, headed Primus liber electionem edocet iuniorum, ex quibus locis uel quales milites probandi sint aut quibus armorum exercitiis imbuendiexplains the selection of recruits, from which places and what kinds of men are soldiers to be authorised and with what exercises of arms they are to be indoctrinated. Nicasie, Twilight of Empire: C’s lack of rek to genre also has implications for his naval thesis pp.

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

The chapter concerns training recruits to use plumbatae: Even after the introduction of gunpowder to Europe, it was carried by general officers and their staffs as a field guide to methods. Epitome of Military Science.


Retrieved from ” https: New York University ; N. The absence in Vegetius of references to an emperor’s bonding techniques with the rank-and-file soldiers e. The Empire at Bay London ; R. C subscribes to the views popular in some circles e. Further, apart from the barbarian polemic and advocacy of reviving an antiqua legioC misses Vegetius’ major military “lessons”: The treatise is carefully laid out in epjtoma.

Military art and science. Vegetius’ notes about siegecraft became especially obsolete when the technology advanced milifaris gunpowder weapons such as cannon came into widespread use.

The addressee’s youth, first argued by Seeck in and popular among advocates of Valentinian II and III and Honorius, is derived from Vegetius’ praise of the emperor’s foot-speed and skills in equitation, archery, and the armatura 3. Some of the maxims may be mentioned here as illustrating the principles of a war for limited political objectives with which he deals:.

I leave for others to assess critically C’s specific arguments. The temptation to see ri 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. Bryn Mawr Classical Review