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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The men at too great a distance in the front, on the appearance of an enemy, are more disposed to fly than to join their comrades. Heaven certainly inspired the Romans with the organization of the legion, so superior does it seem to human invention.

At eputoma same time Vegetius’ hope for a revival of the ancient organization of the legion was impracticable. The number of these engines in a legion is fiftyfive. They are used not only to defend the entrenchments of camps, but are also placed in the field in the rear of the heavy armed infantry. All these were under the direction of the officer called the praefect of the workmen. It consists of eleven hundred and five foot and one hundred and thirty-two horse cuirassiers, and is distinguished by the name of the Millarian Cohort.

The Tiber was then their only bath, and in it they rri themselves after their exercises and fatigues in the field by swimming.

It is then milifaris and measured by the centurions, who punish such as have been indolent or negligent. My design herein is to point out the certain method of forming good and serviceable epiroma, which can only engllsh accomplished by an exact imitation of the ancients in their care in the choice and discipline of their levies.

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A parapet is then raised on the side next the camp, of the height of four feet, with hurdles and fascines properly covered and secured by the earth taken out of the ditch. The younger soldiers and recruits went through their drills of every kind every morning and afternoon and the veterans and most expert regularly once a day.


Men are frightened and thrown into disorder by sudden accidents and surprises of no consequence when foreseen. By these means the troops were provided with places of drill sheltered from bad weather. Medieval Military Technology, Second Edition. In the rear of all the lines, the triarii, completely armed, were drawn up. To be victorious, therefore, over our enemies in the field, we must unanimously supplicate heaven to dispose the Emperor to reform the abuses in raising our levies and to recruit our legions after the method of the ancients.

They first requested leave from the Emperor to lay aside the cuirass and afterwards the helmet. The emperor Valentinian — lowered the height minimum to 5′ 7″ Roman which equals This long-held conclusion, that nothing is known of Vegetius’ life nor ever will be, has recently been challenged.

There’s no description for this book yet. No one dares to offend or insult a power of known superiority in action. No one, I imagine, can doubt that the peasants are the most fit to carry arms for they from their infancy have been exposed to all kinds of weather and have been brought up to the hardest labor. They are able to endure the greatest heat of the sun, are unacquainted with the use of baths, and are strangers to the other luxuries of life.

Having first sounded the ford, two lines militarsi the best mounted cavalry are ranged at a convenient distance entirely across the river, so that the e;itoma and baggage may pass between them.

Epitoma rei militaris

Thus the legion is compact and perfect in all its parts and, without any foreign assistance, has always been superior to any force that could be brought against it. The ancient Romans, therefore, perfected in every branch of the military art by a continued series of wars and perils, chose the Field of Mars as the most commodious for their exercises on account of its vicinity to the Tiber, that the youth might therein wash off the sweat and dust, and refresh themselves eenglish their fatigues by swimming.

Military engineering Castra Siege engines. The Gauls, Celtiberians and many other barbarous nations divided their armies into bodies of six thousand each. The Roman Soldier’s Unofficial Manual. Wikiquote has quotations related to: The larger these engines are, the greater distance they carry and with the greater force.

De re militari came to the forefront in the late Carolingian period through Hrabanus Maurus d. They then never suffered the soldiers to attend on any private person or to concern themselves in private occupations, thinking it absurd and improper that the Emperor’s soldiers, clothed and subsisted at the public expense, should follow any other profession.

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Portraying the military decadence of the Late Roman Empire, it is a plea for army reform. The fortifications and all the machines of different kinds must also be examined and repaired in time. If the army is to continue in it any considerable time, attention must be had to the salubrity of the place. He who aspires to victory, should spare no pains to form his soldiers.

For this reason they exercised their infantry miljtaris intermission. This is because on difficult expeditions they often find themselves under the necessity of carrying their provisions as well as their arms.

University Press,pp. The ancient Romans, therefore, perfected in every branch of the military art by a continued series of wars and perils, chose the Field of Mars as the most commodious for their exercises on account of its vicinity to the Tiber, that the youth might therein wash off the sweat and dust, and refresh themselves after their fatigues by swimming. Length of service or age alone will never form a military man, for after serving many years an undisciplined soldier is still a novice in his profession.

In an open country you are more liable to be attacked by horse than foot.

But the security established by long peace has altered their dispositions, drawn them off from military to civil pursuits and infused into them a love of idleness and ease. Stones kill without mangling the body, and the contusion is mortal without loss of blood. Now will it appear surprising that this alteration should have happened in latter times, if we consider that the peace, which lasted about twenty years or somewhat more after the first Punic war, enervated the Romans, before everywhere epitpma, by idleness and neglect of discipline to such a degree, that in the second Punic war they were not able to keep the field against Hannibal.