Description. Flavius Vegetius Renatus, the 4th century AD writer on military matters, was more well known during the Middle Ages than today. His “Epitoma Rei. Epitoma rei militaris. by Vegetius Renatus, Flavius; Reeve, Michael D. Publication date Language Latin; English. Book digitized by. De re militari (Latin “Concerning Military Matters”), also Epitoma rei militaris, is a treatise by the . Xii in the Royal Library, written and ornamented for Richard III of England, is a translation of Vegetius. It ends with a paragraph starting: “Here.

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And the masters at arms were very careful to instruct them how to cast them with a proper aim and mklitaris. In the summer, the troops should never encamp without tents.

The work mlitaris known by a number of variant titles. What can be expected from a foot-archer without cuirass or helmet, who cannot hold at once his bow and shield; or from the ensigns whose bodies are naked, and who cannot at the same time carry a shield and the colors?

It is also certain that it is a much less expense to a State to train its own subjects to arms than to take foreigners into its pay. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Epitoma rei militaris also referred to as De re militariand the lesser-known Digesta Artis Mulomedicinaea guide to veterinary medicine. The tribune who commanded them was likewise distinguished for his skill in his exercises, for the advantages of his person and the integrity of his manners. But, if unfortunately this immense army should be defeated, the numbers lost must necessarily be very great, and the remainder, who save themselves by flight, too much dispirited to be brought again to action.

For in a camp, well chosen and entrenched, the troops both day and night lie secure within their works, even though in view of the enemy. There were, for the same reason, Candidatii Duplares, and Candidatii Simplares. There have been many instances of their gaining a complete victory after the entire defeat of both the principes and militais.

There is no difficulty in carrying on epitlma fortifications of a camp when no enemy is in sight. They first requested leave from the Emperor to lay aside the cuirass and afterwards the helmet.


The Military Institutions of the Romans (De Re Militari)

Hannibal, also, before he set out on his expedition into Italy, chose a Lacedaemonian for his counsellor in military operations; and by his advice, though inferior to the Romans both in number and strength, overthrew so many consuls and such mighty legions. They ranged the baggage, therefore, in the same manner as the regular troops under particular ensigns.

These evolutions, often practiced in the field snglish exercise, will be found easy in execution on actual service. Nor do I presume to offer this work. This Milner epitoja is particularly hard to find, and was available through Amazon at a remarkably good price, which I am very thankful for.

In an open country you are more liable to be attacked by horse than foot. But if the enemy is near, all the cavalry and half the englsih are to be drawn up in order of battle to cover the rest of the troops at work on the entrenchments and be ready to receive the enemy if they offer to attack.

After this, they should be instructed in the use of their arms. From such kind of services they were called munifices. Cato the Elder, who was often Consul and always victorious at the head of the armies, believed he should do his country more essential service dnglish writing on military affairs, than by all his exploits in the field.

Their meals should be coarse and moderate; they should be accustomed to lie sometimes in the open air and sometimes in tents. Go to the editions section to read or miiltaris ebooks.

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There is no reason to question his general authorship, however. By these precautions and dispositions the legion was victorious without danger, or if the contrary happened, was preserved without any considerable loss, for as it epjtoma not calculated for pursuit, it is likewise not easily thrown into disorder. His little book was made short and easy to read, so as not militarus frighten, by a too arduous text, the readers whom he hoped to convince.

When the enemy has no intimation of a march, it is made with security; but as sometimes the scouts either suspect or discover the decampment, or traitors or deserters give intelligence thereof, it will be proper to mention the ,ilitaris of acting in case of an attack on the march.


Rosenwald Collection at the Library of Congress. Some of the divisions being apt through negligence to move too fast, and others too slow, great care is to be taken to prevent the army from being broken or from running into too great a length, as the enemy would instantly take advantage of the neglect and penetrate without difficulty.

Epitoma rei militaris

After this, the cavalry should march off first, then militaeis infantry; epittoma baggage, bat horses, servants and carriages follow in the center; and part of the best cavalry and infantry come in the rear, since it epitkma oftener attacked on a march than the front.

In choosing recruits regard should be given to their trade. They should have corn, wine, vinegar, and even salt, in plenty at all times.

He evidently was not Valentinian I since his successor, Gratian, enflish named in the book. The inhabitants of the Balearic Islands are said to have been the inventors of slings, and to have managed them with surprising dexterity, owing to the manner of bringing up their children. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Nor was the necessity of obliging the infantry to resume their cuirasses and helmets discovered, notwithstanding such repeated defeats, which brought on the destruction of so many great cities. The flanks of the baggage, exposed to frequent ambuscades, must also militariz covered with a sufficient guard to secure them. Nor is anything of more consequence either on the march or in the line than that they should keep their ranks with the greatest exactness.

These requirements might easily be kept up in those times when such numbers followed the profession of arms and before it was the fashion for the flower of Roman youth to devote themselves to the civil offices of state.

But a faithful management of the magazines and a frugal distribution of the provisions, with proper precautions taken at first, will insure sufficient plenty.