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Professor Everett L. Wheeler, review of The De Re Militari of Vegetius: The Reception, Transmission and Legacy of a Roman Text in the Middle Ages, ( review no. The treatise De re militari by Flavius Vegetius Renatus was the bible of Vegetius, who explicitly omitted cavalry from his exposition, became the. De Re Militavi, f86, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) .. xxxiii () ; id. , “The influence of Vegetius’ De re militari”, Milituty Afluirs.

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Besides this, the indispensable military exercises of running and leaping must be acquired before the limbs are too much stiffened by age. He also claims that the army in his time no longer wears armor militarii has received near unanimous criticism from historians. Thus the original book three probably ended with the address to the emperor at 3. Share your thoughts with other customers. They had shields, cuirasses, helmets, greaves, swords, daggers, loaded javelins, and two of the common missile weapons.

Back to 9 July The number of legionary troops in an army is generally much more considerable than that of the auxiliaries.

English translations precede printed books. 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 dde 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.

There has been no recent, systematic study of the manuscripts of the Mulomedicina, and the Mulomedicina is rare in pre booklists and library catalogues. In his Memoirs, Montecuculli, the conqueror of the Turks at St. The officers who in action commanded the orders or divisions are called Ordinarii.


A Handlist of extant Manuscripts containing the De Re militari of Flavius Vegetius Renatus – Persée

Jean de Meun ; miltiari the collection of Visser a. The truth of this is confirmed by the instance of Quintius Cincinnatus, who was following the plow when they came to offer him the dictatorship.

History of Roman Literature: In many cases I have been able to locate and to identify clearly manuscripts cited vaguely by Vegetiuss or others, and not a few further manuscripts, both in Latin and in other languages, have been found.

The two Vegetian texts have entirely separate transmissions. The treatise was probably introduced into Carolingian France from Insular sources and during the ninth and tenth was distributed outward from France to Germany.

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The dimensions of the camps must be determined by the number of troops and quantity of baggage, that a large army may have room enough, and that a small one may not be obliged to extend itself beyond its proper ground. Back to 2 At p.

To the modern day, Latin copies of the book have survived, not including translations to various other European languages. Vegetius’ work was reedited at Constantinople in the year by one Flavius Eutropius as we know from the subscription commonly found in the vegetus class of the manuscripts: Any attempted listing of all extant manuscripts of any author’s work is bound to be somewhat imperfect and can only portray the extent of our knowledge at a given point in time.

To continue this drill vegetiue interruption during the winter, they erected for the cavalry porticos or riding halls covered with tiles or shingles, militri if they were not to be procured, with reeds, rushes or thatch. 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. By assiduous practice in the leisure of peace, their cavalry was brought to such perfection of discipline that they mounted their horses in an instant even amidst the confusion of sudden and unexpected alarms.


A third or fourth of the youngest and fittest soldiers should also be exercised at the post with bows and arrows made for that purpose only. Ottoboni ; Lang, xliii In order to do this he eulogises the army of the early Roman Empire. Salzburg, Erzabtei Sankt Peter, Stiftsbibl.

The enemy, it may be concluded, will either plant ambuscades or make his attack by open force, according to the advantage of the ground. All our writers agree that never more than two legions, besides auxiliaries, were sent under the command of each consul against the most numerous armies of the enemies. Thus the ten centuries of the first cohort were commanded by five Ordinarii, who by the ancient establishment enjoyed great honors and emoluments that were annexed to this rank in order to inspire the soldiers of the legions with emulation to attain such ample and considerable rewards.

Jean de Meun ; not in Lang. Such sentiments as may be expected in these men will make good soldiers.