Carrhae 53 BC: Rome's Disaster in the Desert: Campaign, cartea 382

Autor Nic Fields Ilustrat de Seán Ó’Brógáin
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 18 aug 2022
Explores the critical battle of Carrhae, a fascinating tale of treachery, tactics, and topography in which Rome experienced one of its most humiliating defeats.The Battle of Carrhae is from a heady moment in Roman history - that of the clever carve-up of power between the 'First Triumvirate' of Caius Iulius Caesar, Cnaeus Pompeius Magnus and Marcus Licinius Crassus (the Roman general who had famously put down the Spartacan revolt). It is a fascinating tale of treachery, tactics, and topography in which Rome experienced one of its most humiliating defeats at the hands of the Parthians, not far from a trade-route town hunkered down on the fringes of the arid wastes of northern Mesopotamia, sending shock waves through the Roman power structure. In this work, classical historian Dr Nic Fields draws out the crucial psychological and political factors (including Crassus' lust for military glory and popular acclaim) that played a key role in this brutal battle. Despite being heavily outnumbered, the Parthian general Surena's horsemen completely outmanoeuvered Crassus' legionaries, killing or capturing most of the Roman soldiers. The detailed battlescene artworks reveal the tactics and techniques of the Parthian horse archers, and Roman and Parthian equipment and weaponry, and the approach to battle is clearly explained in 2d maps and 3D bird's-eye views.
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ISBN-13: 9781472849045
ISBN-10: 1472849043
Pagini: 96
Ilustrații: Colour illustrations throughout, including battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs.
Dimensiuni: 184 x 248 mm
Greutate: 0.31 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Osprey Publishing
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Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


Classical historian and former Royal Marine Dr Nic Fields brings out the crucial psychological and political factors that played a key role in this fascinating battle - among which are greed, vanity, jealousy, betrayal and intrigue.

Notă biografică

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Returning to university, he completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher.Seán Ó'Brógáin lives and works in Donegal, Ireland. He has a BA (Hons) in Scientific and Natural History illustration from Lancaster University and has provided illustrations for a wide range of clients, including the University of Manchester, An Post, the National Museum of Ireland, the Irish Office of Public Works, and a variety media companies, museums, councils, and private individuals.


ORIGINS OF THE CAMPAIGNOPPOSING COMMANDERSMarcus Licinius CrassusSurenaOPPOSING FORCESCrassus' armySurena's armyTHE BACKGROUND TO WARDeparting RomeThe settingTHE BATTLE OF CARRHAEInto ParthiaThe day of battleThe Roman retreatThe death of CrassusThe reasons whyAFTERMATHCicero in CiliciaBloodshed at homeRoman renegadeMarcus Antonius' adventureAugustus the avengerABBREVIATIONSBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX


The author has produced a thoroughly researched profile of this humiliating defeat of one of the Triumvirate and the loss of most of a Roman army. He combines a knowledge of the classical sources (as usual, few in number and reliability) with a grasp of the military issues at both strategic and tactical level.
Complemented by excellent illustrations and maps plus photographs where appropriate I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent book.