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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The incumbrance of the baggage is often an occasion of its being surprised in its passage through difficult places or over rivers. Available in a significant number of copies spread throughout Western Europe between the ninth and sixteenth centuries the Epitoma rei militaris of Flavius Vegetius Renatus provided. To continue this drill without interruption during the winter, they erected for the cavalry porticos or riding halls covered with tiles or shingles, and if they were not to be procured, with reeds, rushes or thatch.
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Revived during the Carolingian renaissance the De re militari was thenceforth frequently copied and widely known throughout Western Europe, becoming perhaps the best known and most often consulted handbook on the art of war. Italy at militqri same time apparently constituted a separate source and supplied many of the copies of Vegetius’ work found in collections.
The number of legionary troops in an army is generally much more considerable than that of the auxiliaries. The Metatores are ordered before the army to fix on the ground for its encampments. The Decumane gate is directly opposite to the Praetorian in the rear of the camp, and through this the soldiers are conducted to the place appointed for punishment or execution.
A general, therefore, cannot be too careful and diligent in taking necessary precautions to prevent a surprise on the march and in making proper dispositions to repulse the df, in case of such accident, without loss. Milktari ; olim Valerius Mazzarelli ; not in Lang. These milltari prevented any mistake, as every century was guided not only by its own ensign but likewise by the peculiar form of the helmet of its commanding officers.
The cavalry are posted on the wings. Vegetius’ notes about siegecraft became especially obsolete when the technology advanced and gunpowder weapons such as cannon came into widespread use. The infantry are proper for the defense of eminences, for the garrisons of molitari and are equally serviceable in plain and in uneven ground.
Geographically, the De re militari does not appear to have been significantly restricted in its circulation within Western Europe. And if a soldier committed a crime, by his authority the Tribune adjudged him to punishment. Corrections and additions to vegdtius present listing will be most gratefully accepted. To pretend to enumerate the different nations vegetous formidable of old, all which now are subject to the Romans, would be tedious.
But what good can be expected from a man by nature a coward, vegeetius ever mmilitari well disciplined or though he has served ever so many campaigns? The institution of the ancients which obliged the soldiers to deposit half of every donative they received at the colors was wise and judicious; the intent was to preserve it for their use so that they might not squander it in extravagance or idle expense.
If they broke the enemy they never pursued them, least they should break their ranks or throw the line into confusion, and lest the enemy, taking advantage of their disorder, should return to the vegftius and destroy them without difficulty. I have tried to keep the format of this handlist as simple yet as informative as possible.
In general, the production of copies of the De re militari between A. In some manuscripts he is given the title of count. It would then be prudent in him to separate them from the rest under pretence of some service agreeable to them, or detach them to garrison cities or castles, but with such address that though he wants to get rid of them, they may think themselves employed by preference and favor.
And every man, whether in a private or military station, serves God in serving him faithfully who reigns by His authority. Widmanstetter ; not in Lang. Vegetius was the favorite author of Foulques the Black, the able and ferocious Count of Anjou. William Hunter ; not in Lang. They are called bebrae, and every man carries two or three of them to battle.
England ; Lang, xxxviii Manuscripts in Italian [link] V.
The troops should never want wood and forage in winter or water in summer. And he who hopes for success, should fight on principle, not chance. Such seditious dispositions principally show themselves in those who have lived in their quarters in idleness and effeminacy. But the case would be quite different, were they even heavier than they are, if by constant practice he had been accustomed to wear them. The xe of Xerxes, Darius, Mithridates and other monarchs who brought innumerable multitudes into the field, plainly show that vegefius destruction of such prodigious armies is owing more to their own numbers than to the bravery of vegetiu enemies.
Nor would he ever have been vdgetius to have opposed Serrorius with success, if he had not prepared both himself and his soldiers for action by continual exercises of this sort. Proper intervals should always be kept between the baggage and the troops, that the latter may not be embarrassed for want of room in case of an attack during the march.
These evolutions, often practiced in the field of exercise, will be found easy in execution on actual service.
Canady ; not in Lang. Or with what success would their small size have been opposed to the prodigious stature of the Germans? Charles, Vegetius in Context. SHRADER readers, both laymen and clerics, with an authoritative handbook, supported by the classical citations, on the milihari of war. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Lieutenants of consular dignity were formerly sent to command in the armies under the general, and their mmilitari extended over both the legions and auxiliaries in peace and war.