The cycle of political revolution – Polybius’ timeless political thinking

In the case of those Greek states which have often risen to greatness and have often experienced a complete change of fortune, it is an easy matter both to describe their past and to pronounce as to their future. Continue reading “The cycle of political revolution – Polybius’ timeless political thinking”

Only the…sight of a few Roman ships averted the conquest of Illyria by Philip V of Macedonia!

During the winter (Note: of 216 B.C.) Philip took into consideration that for his enterprise he would require ships and crews to man them, not it is true with the idea of fighting at sea for he never thought he would be capable of offering battle to the Roman fleet but to transport his troops, land where he wished, and take the enemy by surprise. Continue reading “Only the…sight of a few Roman ships averted the conquest of Illyria by Philip V of Macedonia!”

The battle at Cannae (216 B.C.) between the Romans and Carthaginians

The Romans elected (216 B.C.) Lucius Aemilius Paulus and Gaius Terentius Varro. On their appointment, the Dictators laid down their office, and the Consuls of the previous year, Gnaeus Servilius and Marcus Regulus who had been appointed after the death of Flaminius were invested with proconsular authority by Aemilius, and taking command in the field directed the operations of their forces as they thought fit. Continue reading “The battle at Cannae (216 B.C.) between the Romans and Carthaginians”

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