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- DescriptionThere is a tendency when dealing with world superpowers to focus on their successes. After all, these are what made them superpowers in the first place. However, reverses and disasters suffered on the way to preeminence are equally significant. The experience of ancient Rome is different. This book is the first to examine the paradoxical role lost battles and defeat played in the success of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. Over some 1200 years, the Romans proved adept at learning from military disaster and this was key to their eventual success and hegemony. Roman Military Disasters covers the most pivotal and decisive defeats, from the Celtic invasion of 390 BC to Alaric's sack of Rome in AD 410. Paul Chrystal details the politics and strategies leading to each conflict, how and why the Romans were defeated, the tactics employed, the generals and the casualties. However, the unique and crucial element of the book is its focus on the aftermath and consequences of defeat and how the lessons learnt enabled the Romans, usually, to bounce back and win.
- Author BiographyPaul Chrystal studied Latin and Greek at the University of Hull and then specialized in Latin love poetry for his MPhil at the University of Southampton. He is the author of many works of local history (History of Chocolate in York) and classical history, including Women in Ancient Rome, (2013, Amberley Publishing), and Decisive Battles of the Roman Republic (forthcoming 2014, Fonthill Media). He has contributed as a feature writer to the Daily Express and is frequently on BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Tees and BBC World Service. He lives in York.
- Author(s)Paul Chrystal
- PublisherPen & Sword Books Ltd
- Date of Publication30/10/2015
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationSouth Yorkshire
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPen & Sword Military
- Content Note23 colour pics in plates, 8 maps and battle diagrams
- Weight680 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine33 mm
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