Ancient Warfare VI.5 (PDF)

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For much of the third century AD, the Roman Empire was in serious crisis. Near the end of the century, the emperor Diocletian focused his efforts on restoring order within the Empire, securing the borders and famously establishing the Tetrarchy. These successes would not have been possible without legions of soldiers who fought many battles in service to Rome.

Theme: Bringing order to chaos: the armies of Diocletian

  • Vincent van der Veen, 'The army of Diocletian: Historical introduction'.
  • Martijn Nicasie, 'A difficult source for a difficult period: The Notitia Dignitatum'.
  • Jon Coulston, 'Culture, arms and the man during the Dominate: Late Roman military equipment'.
  • Christian Koepfer, 'Roman legionary in Raetia AD 289: Campaigning with the Emperor'.
  • Paul McDonnell-Staff, 'A detailed examination of the Roman legions c. AD 300: The legions of Diocletian'.
  • Sidney E. Dean, 'The Carausian Revolt and Rome’s reconquest of Britain: The Empire strikes back'.
  • Christian Barthel, 'Diocletian in Egypt: At empire’s edge'.
  • J. Albert Morales, 'From the end of the Principate to the new Roman army: The curious career of Aurelius Gaius'.
Features:
  • Sean Hussmann, 'The Siege of Syracuse: “To the victors most glorious”'.
  • Michael J. Taylor, 'Greed, miscalculation, paranoia: Why did Rome go to war?'.
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