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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To the modern day, Latin copies of the book have survived, not including translations to various other European languages. Vegetius ,ilitaris have given examples if any existed.

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

Military of ancient Rome portal. Article jilitaris — Friends and subordinates customarily presented embellished copies as gifts to leaders. The work is divided into six chapters. In that sense De re militari is a projection of Roman civilization into modern times and a continuation of its influence on rfi cultural descendants.


Heavily used in its own time, De re militari became a popular manual on warfare in the Middle Ages, especially between the 9th and 16th centuries, even if some of the information was unsuitable to later times and circumstances.

Barnes’ hypothesis, for example, of a split in the manuscript’s transmission already by cannot be proved and is rendered unlikely by Reeve’s new analysis of the manuscript tradition C pp. C, however, does not realize that Vegetius’ treatment of naval affairs is the only such theoretical discussion to have survived militrais Antiquity. The Abels-Morillo Defense of Discontinuity.

Epitoma rei militaris

Liebeschuetz, Barbarians and Bishops Oxford C’s case for Valentinian III may be summarized as follows: C’s diligent pursuit of contemporary eppitoma yields both successes and red herrings, some of which have already been mentioned. In Milner’s words, Vegetius’ work suffered “a long period of deepening neglect”. C claims to have demonstrated pp.

Nevertheless, C frequently engages Milner’s published views and Silhanek’s arguments. Survival of these units of Iovani and Herculiani is irrelevant. Indeed Vegetius’ extensive knowledge of Hunnic horses and Roman imitation of Hunnic practices surely places the Mulomedicina in the fifth century, when Huns mikitaris better known, rather than during their initial appearance west of the Tanais River c.

Wheeler, “Shock and Awe: The De Re Militari of Vegetius: Here are some titles from among the incunabulabooks printed before Yet Vegetius’ “East” need not be east of the Bosporos or south of the Taurus.

His cognomen Renatus, possibly with Christian connotations “reborn”is not discussed, although John Lydus Mag. Milner’s fruits were largely harvested in the “Introduction” and notes to his translation above n. After all, this is the way that things often worked. Reviewed by Everett L.


However attractive peitoma solution may be from one perspective, C does not provide evidence that Rome imposed use of armor or Roman tactics on the foederati. Although C follows p. Ammianus’ could also have been cited as a Greek-speaker’s learned Latin despite his tortuous, rhetorical and not always clear style.

I of the 11th, possibly late 10th century. C ignores Roman deployment of the legion in phalangical formations, a phenomenon for which Vegetius offers a bridge in the rek between Arrian’s Tactica and Acies contra Alanos in the Hadrianic era and Byzantine practices.

Subscriptions in some manuscripts name a Theodosius I?

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

Downloadable from Google Books. Vegetius explains how one should fortify and organise a camp, how to train troops, how to handle undisciplined troops, how to handle a battle engagement, how to march, formation gauge, and many other useful methods of promoting organisation and valour in the legion.

For a detailed critical estimate of Vegetius’ works and influence, see Max Jahns, Epitoam der Kriegswissenschafteni.