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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De re militari – Wikipedia

The second book, Secundus liber ueteris militiae continet morem, ad quem pedestris institui possit exercituscontains traditional wpitoma practices with which infantry can be created.

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Vegetius the reformer clearly specifies problems to be fixed, but, except for his direct criticism that Roman infantry allegedly quit wearing armor under E;itoma 1. Vegetius’ Christianity, however, is rather curious.

The first book, headed Primus liber electionem edocet iuniorum, ex quibus locis uel quales milites probandi sint aut quibus mklitaris exercitiis imbuendiexplains the selection of recruits, from which places and what kinds of men are soldiers to be authorised and with what exercises of arms they are to be indoctrinated.

Most of C’s factual inaccuracies have been corrected above. Placement of naval affairs in a treatise on war, given the genre’s stress on terrestrial over naval affairs, would seem to have come at the end of the work cf.

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Similarly, C weakly hints pp. Warr, Charles Winter trans. Madden, Sir Frederic ; Henry Shaw The material is in English Repository: As C realizes, Vegetius’ composition in Latin is not evidence that he wrote in the West: English translations precede printed books.

It went on into the 18th and 19th centuries as a source of policy and militxris to the major states of Europe.

Claudian, however, would seem at least partially reei compromise Seeck’s argument: This article adopts that point of view and assigns an approximate date of to the work, which would not be, then, word for word the same as what Vegetius wrote, accounting for the title variants.

The addressee’s youth, first argued by Seeck in and popular among advocates of Valentinian II and III and Honorius, is derived from Vegetius’ praise of the emperor’s epitlma and skills eitoma equitation, archery, and the armatura 3. Secondary sources [ edit ] Bachrach, Bernard S. Journal of Military History 58 ; M. Vegetius’ exclusion of these topoiproves nothing.

Encylcopaedia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Military art and science–History–Medieval, Nothing can be argued from one manuscript’s detachment of the naval portion 4.

Epitoma rei militaris – Vegetius – Oxford University Press

Here are some titles from among the incunabulabooks printed before Vegetius’ Epitoma rei militaristhe vade mecum of some Roman army historians and the most widely read work of Western military theory before Clausewitz’s Vom Kriegecontinues to fascinate and perplex: Editions and translations [ edit ] The most reliable modern edition is that of Michael D.

For the East C seems not to consider the Hun invasion through the Caucasus, which terrorized the East and set defense of the Caucasus passes as a sore point of Sasanid-Roman relations for the next two centuries, nor the Hun invasion of Thracethe Roman panic after Adrianople that occasioned the massacre of Gothic troops in Asia Minor, and the anti-barbarian tirade of Synesius’ De regnowhich echoes or anticipates?


A turn to christianization in all things military really begins in the Theodosian era. Majority opinion puts Vegetius in the West.

Epitoma rei militaris

Further, C’s hypothesis of an isolated, militarily ignorant emperor repeatedly asserted is never proved. Manuscripts Division William L.

The work is dedicated to a mysterious emperor, whose identity is dpitoma but whom Vegetius must have assumed to have been known to his intended readership. This edition is the first to be based on a comprehensive investigation of over surviving manuscripts.

Likewise the attempt p.

C miliatris to the views popular in some circles e. It contains a series of military maxims, which became influential to military learning of commanders in later medieval Europe, from William the Silent to Frederick the Great. A more generalized Roman-barbarian conflict rather than a specific war could equally be posited.

Vegetius is keen to stress the shortcomings of the Roman Army in his lifetime. Cambridge University Press,