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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Oxford Scholarly Editions Online. Wheeler, Duke University ewheeler duke. Cato, a named source, romanized parts of Polybius’ lost Tactica and Frontinus’ Strategemata was inspired by Greek theory, as was in all likelihood his lost comprehensive work of military theory.

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

It may be that he wrote on behalf of military reform under the patronage of Theodosius I. Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatusthough the work was revised a number of times afterwards. C’s lack of attention to Vegetius’ sources and the genre of military theory perhaps constitutes the work’s greatest flaw. Secondary sources [ edit ] Bachrach, Bernard S.

Epitoma rei militaris

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Lactantius under Diocletian and Priscian in the time of Anastasius and Justinian — both with jobs rpitoma the East for this very purpose — would offer examples. Search only within subsection. Vegetius’ reforms retain the legionary eagle and the other signa militariawhich had definite pagan connections, and about which he states 3. Translated from the German 5th edition, revised and enlarged. If the earlier date is preferred, it is unlikely Vegetius did all seven revisions or even one of them.

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The absence in Vegetius of references to an emperor’s bonding techniques with the rank-and-file soldiers e. Approaching Vegetius as a panegyrist, although novel, downplays him as a military theorist and pays too little heed to the genre in which he wrote. He was concerned about selection of good soldiers and recommended hard training of at least four months before the soldier was accepted into the ranks.

All of Vegetius’ references to Rome and Italy to this reader mmilitaris antiquarian, not contemporary — an appeal to the traditions of “old Rome” befitting Vegetius’ advocacy of the antiqua miliitaris.

C even expects the praises of his Vegetius the panegyrist to be rational pp.

Nor is this the only occasion when C’s western and Valentinian III obsessions miss a possibly valid argument. Accessed 28 May To the modern day, Latin copies of eri book have survived, not including translations to various other European languages. A Theodosian context of the revised date for Easter Epit. The Epitoma rei militaris influenced European military tactics during the Middle Ages. The year is taken as the latest possible time the work could have been written, assuming he did all seven revisions in just milutaris few years.


Epitome of Military Science2nd edition Liverpool ; cf.

Aristophanis Fabvlae II N. Besides, Vegetius, if addressing Theodosius, would hardly be so impolitic as to criticize the emperor’s brother-in-law Gratian, whose half-sister Galla he married in and of whom he was much enamored Zos. C epitona advances the issue beyond Milner’s discussion, conceding only that Publius Vegetius Renatus was an important bureaucrat hence his Late Roman title “Flavius” in some MSSa wealthy landowner in the West, a Christian, and also the author of the Mulomedicina disputed by some.

The anthropological interests of some fifth-century B. Troublesome, too, is C’s resort to argumenta e silentio with implied conclusions Vegetius does not mention X, therefore. This is the “Odysseus ethos” and the doctrine of stratagems. Stalin’s Agent Boris Volodarsky. Most of C’s factual inaccuracies have been corrected above. A Militzris translation by Ludwig Hohenwang appeared at Ulm in It is 63 leaves plus 2 blankwith small characters; the titles of books and chapters are in red, and some capitals are drawn in red or green.

By no means was Vegetius an advocate of “decisive battle,” as he has sometimes been erroneously portrayed.