Circum Mare: Themes in Ancient Warfare by Jeremy Armstrong

By Jeremy Armstrong

Circum Mare: topics in historic battle offers a thematic method of present instructions in historic army stories with case experiences on subject matters together with the economics of struggle, army solidarity, army authority, abnormal battle, and sieges. Bringing jointly study on cultures from around the Mediterranean international, starting from Pharaonic Egypt to overdue vintage Europe and from Punic Spain to Persian Anatolia, the gathering demonstrates either the breadth of the present box and a stunning variety of synergies.

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Zába (1974) 253–255. See as well the comments in Sadek (1980) and (1985); add the commentary in Eichler (1993). Seyfried (1981), passim, especially pages 132–134. This study replaces that of Sadek referred to in the previous note. There are some important comments on the vocabulary employed in these expedition graffiti by Luft (1988) 274–282, in his review of the work. Hsieh (2012). n=f construction as “a grammaticalization of the narrative infinitive”; note as well her discussion of the prepositional phrase of location with r following the narrative infinitive.

25 The 24 25 Centurions such as Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo are utilised in a similar manner in a later account, where they display exceptional self-confidence that echoes the general feeling of defiance of an entire camp. This is apparent as the two men appear in battle immediately after a description of centurions taunting the enemy. See Caes. B Gall. 14. The two extremes of the arguments regarding the veracity of Caesar are represented by Rambaud (1966) and Collins (1972). For more recent analysis see Welch and Powell (1998) for articles that examine various aspects of Caesar’s military reporting.

However, exceptional behaviour does not make these figures useless in determining roles on the battlefield, and it is the purpose of this chapter to demonstrate that behind the exemplary activity that these characters engage in are a set of fundamental values and responsibilities that give important insights into actual Roman combat. Even though the veracity of the described events cannot be confirmed, centurion exempla, even as literary figures, have value for what information they can provide about battle, as they serve in a summary capacity to support Caesar’s presentation of a battle.

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