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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Recruits are to be taught the art of throwing stones both with the hand and sling. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Dispositions for Action http: F or reason will convince us that what is necessary to be performed in the heat of action should constantly be practiced in the leisure of peace. Fishermen, fowlers, confectioners, weavers, and in general all whose professions more properly belong to women should, in my opinion, by no means be admitted into the service.
The treatise is carefully laid out in subsections. Nothing does so much honor to the abilities or application of the tribune as the appearance and discipline of the soldiers, when their apparel is neat and clean, their arms bright and in good order and when they perform their exercises and evolutions with dexterity.
The troops should never want wood and forage in winter or water in summer. These are the maxims and instructions dispersed through the works of different authors, which Your Majesty has ordered me to abridge, http: 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 enemy, in case of such accident, without loss.
He should put them under a guard and spare neither promises nor threat to induce them to be faithful. On the top of the whole are planted strong palisades which the soldiers carry constantly with them for this purpose.
British translation published epigoma A camp, especially in the neighborhood of an enemy, must be chosen with great care. Such seditious dispositions principally englsih themselves in those who have lived in their quarters in idleness and effeminacy.
For it is certain that the less a man is acquainted with the sweets of life, the less reason he has to be afraid of death. They had wooden horses for that purpose placed in winter under cover and in summer in the field.
Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus
The first printed editions are ascribed to UtrechtCologneParisRome in Veteres de re mil. Men are frightened and thrown into disorder by sudden accidents and surprises of no consequence when foreseen.
They should be frequently called by roll and trained to be exact in the observance of every signal. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Thus the legionary horse contract an affection for the foot of their own cohorts, notwithstanding the natural antipathy existing between the two corps.
Our troops in ancient times were a proof of this, and Virgil has remarked it in the following lines: After this, they should be instructed in the use of their arms. The organization of the legion being thus explained, let us return to the drills.
They must be taught to form the circle or entlish for well-disciplined troops, after being broken by the enemy, have thrown themselves into this position and have thereby prevented the total rout of the army. A general, epltoma, 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 enemy, in case of such accident, without loss.
They had likewise two other javelins, the largest of which was composed of a staff five feet and a half long and a triangular head of iron nine inches long.
Translation of Epitoma rei militaris in English
It must be observed that when the soldiers engage with the javelin, the left foot should be advanced, for, by this attitude the force required to throw it is considerably increased. Some soldiers, however, were allowed for the service of the praefects, tribunes and even of the other officers, our of the number of the accensi or such as were raised after the legion was complete.
A general should be attentive to discover the turbulent and seditious soldiers in the army, legions or auxiliaries, cavalry or infantry. For little rie be expected from men who have both the enemy and diseases to struggle with.
They had likewise two other javelins, the largest of which was composed of a staff five feet and a half long and a triangular head of iron nine inches long. It is then inspected and measured by the centurions, who punish such as have been indolent or negligent. But the complete Roman legion, in its own peculiar cohorts, contains within itself the heavy-armed foot, that is: Victory in war does not depend entirely upon numbers or mere courage; only skill and discipline will insure it.
Formerly it was the rule that the first Princeps of the legion should be promoted epioma to the rank of Centurion of the Primiple. Turkey undertaken at ancient sites by the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, and has worked on the epigraphical Nachlass of the late Alan Hall.
Epitoma rei militaris
In order to do this he eulogises the army of the eppitoma Roman Empire. And they often gave the command to a praeter as to a general of the second rank. For most men, particularly the poorer sort, soon spend whatever they can get. In his Memoirs, Montecuculli, the conqueror of the Miligaris at St.
It is the duty of the officers of the legion, of the tribunes, and even of the commander-in-chief himself, to take care that the sick soldiers are supplied with proper diet and diligently attended by the physicians. The soldiery to whom the defense of the Empire is consigned and in whose hands is the fortune of war, should, if possible, be of reputable families and unexceptionable in their mjlitaris.
Nor let this alteration and loss of ancient discipline in any way affect Your Majesty, since it is a happiness reserved for You alone both to restore the ancient ordinances and establish new ones for the public welfare.
The military mark, which is indelible, is first imprinted on the hands of the new levies, and as their names are inserted in the roll of the legions they take the usual oath, called the military oath.