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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The classical form would have been the ablative.

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. Not least, the two legions of mattiobarbuli 1.

C has chosen militarid enter the treacherous minefield of Vegetian studies, a research topic notable for its booby traps and IEDs. Vegetius uses epitomataplural of the Greek epitoma, in his other surviving work on doctoring mules. His knowledge of contemporary military “slang,” some of it Celtic or German e. Military inventors feature prominently in such catalogues.

Indeed Vegetius’ Latin version of a Greek siege manual 4.

The second book, Secundus liber ueteris militiae continet morem, ad quem pedestris institui possit exercituscontains traditional military practices with which infantry can be created. This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future. Part of a series on the. Besides, Vegetius, if addressing Theodosius, would hardly be so impolitic as to criticize the emperor’s brother-in-law Gratian, whose half-sister Galla he married in and of whom he was much enamored Zos.


The anthropological interests of some fifth-century B.

Other theorists — from Aeneas Tacticus on — had promised to discuss naval affairs, but, if they did, those portions of their works have not militarks. Although C follows p. Journal of Military History 58 ; M. C ignores Roman deployment of the legion in phalangical formations, a phenomenon for which Vegetius offers a bridge in the evidence militarie Arrian’s Tactica and Acies contra Alanos in the Hadrianic era and Byzantine practices.

Secondary sources [ edit ] Bachrach, Bernard S.

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

Strategy and tactics Infantry tactics. In particular he stresses the high standard of the pydars and the excellence of the training and the officer corps.

For a detailed critical estimate of Vegetius’ works and influence, see Max Jahns, Geschiche der Kriegswissenschafteni. For example, he says that recruits should be 5 Roman feet 10 inches tall Epitoma 1.

Jahrhundert,” BZ 22 ; P. Vegetius miliraris panegyrist wrote in the West for a young, palace-bound emperor with no military experience, as comparison with other fifth-century militaaris texts demonstrates; the polemic against barbarians is aimed at the increasing reliance on foederatiwho provide the examples of Reii soldiers no longer wearing armor and building camps; and, finally, in C’s most original contribution, the inspiration for two useful articles on militari Late Roman navy, 5 the treatise’s final section on naval affairs 4.

Majority opinion puts Vegetius in the West. Lactantius under Diocletian and Priscian in the time of Anastasius and Justinian — both with jobs in the East for this very purpose — would offer examples.

Epitoma rei militaris

Despite C’s attempt to catalogue the previous scholarship pp. Indeed Vegetius’ extensive knowledge of Hunnic horses and Roman imitation of Hunnic practices surely places the Mulomedicina in the fifth century, when Huns were better known, rather than during their initial appearance west of the Tanais River c. Watson observes, Vegetius’ Epitoma “is the only ancient manual of Roman military institutions to have survived intact. Thus C’s whole discussion of Vegetius’ relationship to Greek military thought pp.


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Military engineering Castra Siege engines. The common element of all the names are epihoma two cases of res militaris nominative case: Warr, Charles Winter trans.

In that case he would have been alive in the windowthe dates of Theodosius’ reign. The De Re Militari of Vegetius: Army Unit types and ranks Decorations and punishments Legions. Wheeler, Duke University ewheeler duke. Campaign history Wars and battles. However attractive this solution may be from one perspective, C does not provide evidence that Rome imposed use of armor or Roman tactics on the foederati. Vegetius is keen to stress the shortcomings of the Roman Army in his lifetime.

More probably, Vegetius reproduced an exemplum of a primus inventor found in his source. Vegetius’ dates are not known, nor are the circumstances under which the work was revised. Vegetius also describes in detail the organisation, training and equipment of the army of the early Empire.

Madden, Sir Frederic ; Henry Shaw Yet the conceptually more varied anonymous treatise De rebus bellicis offers more fertile ground for plowing this type of furrow, and C does not fully mine the nuggets of information, conveniently summarized by the late M.

Vegetius remains an enigma.