The first war between Rome and Carthage for the possession of Sicily – Battle of Agrigentum

Here we present selected excerpts from Polybius’ book ‘The Histories‘ (The Loeb Classical Library). Continue reading “The first war between Rome and Carthage for the possession of Sicily – Battle of Agrigentum”

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Underestimation and misjudgement of the Muslim threat; a possible reason for the Roman defeat in the 7th century A.D.

“Roman histories and manuals of warfare contain no special wisdom on how to defend Palestine, Syria, or Roman Mesopotamia, or Egypt or what were the best tactics and strategy and forms of military operations to employ in fighting against Arabs. Continue reading “Underestimation and misjudgement of the Muslim threat; a possible reason for the Roman defeat in the 7th century A.D.”

The Isaurian Emperors of East Rome

“The birthplace of the so-called ‘Isaurian’ rulers is not certainly known, though northern Syria appears most probable. Their Asiatic origin is generally admitted, and many aspects of their policy, which, owing to the meagre and hostile character of the sources, has been much debated, seem to display an alien challenge to the Graeco-Roman traditions of the Empire. Of the military services of the Isaurian Emperors there can be no doubt; even their bitterest opponents gratefully remembered them as saviours of the commonwealth in its direst need. Continue reading “The Isaurian Emperors of East Rome”

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