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Rome, Blood and Politics Emperor Alexander Severus Augustus at War The Curse of the Pharaohs’ Tombs

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Hannibal’s Road Mortal Wounds Lucullus Offa and the Mercian Wars

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Caracalla Great Generals of the Ancient World Decorated Roman Armour God’s Generals

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The Nisibis War – The Defence of the Roman East AD 337-363 by John S Harrel.

The war of 337-363 (which the author dubs the ‘Nisibis War’), was an exception to the traditional Roman reliance on a strategic offensive to bring about a decisive battle. Instead, the Emperor Constantius II adopted a defensive strategy and conducted a mobile defence based upon small frontier (limitanei) forces defending fortified cities, supported by limited counteroffensives by the Field Army of the East. These methods successfully checked Persian assaults for 24 years. However, when Julian became emperor his access to greater resources tempted him to abandon mobile defence in favour of a major invasion aimed at regime change in Persia. Although he reached the Persian capital, Ctesiphon, he failed to take it, was decisively defeated in battle and killed. The Romans subsequently resumed and refined the mobile defence, allowing the Eastern provinces to survive the fall of the Western Empire.

‘This is an interesting account of an important late Roman conflict, the last major clash between the Persians and the theoretically united Roman Empire, before the fall of the Western Empire. It demonstrates that even this close to the beginning of the end in the West, the Empire had a powerful army and under capable leaders was perfectly able to defend itself against attacks on multiple fronts.’ (History of War)

The Nisibis War offers us some excellent strategic analysis, helping explain the many military problems confronting the late empire, and evaluating the abilities of the respective armies and leaders, particularly the over-rated Julian, altogether providing us with a good account of a very confusing conflict, in an area still in contention.’ (Strategy Page)

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Germanicus A Chronology of Ancient Greece Constantius II Greece and Rome at War

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Brutus of Troy The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes Mithridates the Great The Roman Emperor Aurelian

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Fighting Emperors of Byzantium Roman Military Disasters Gladiators and Beast Hunts The Madness of Alexander the Great

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Early Roman Warfare Cataclysm 90 BC Roman Empire at War

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Hellenistic and Roman Naval Warfare 336BC-31BC Eagles in the Dust Brutus: Caesar’s Assassin

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Roman Conquests: Macedonia and Greece A Storm of Spears The War of Alexander’s Successors 323-281 BC

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