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Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction by Harry Sidebottom

Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction by Harry Sidebottom

Author:Harry Sidebottom
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Published: 2004-05-16T04:00:00+00:00

he used to declare that he had added a vast territory to the empire and had made it a bulwark of Syria. On the contrary – this conquest has been a source of constant wars and great expense to us. For it yields very little and uses up vast sums.

(75.3.2–3, tr. E. Cary)

We need not believe that Cassius Dio actually voiced these views to the emperor, but, with the exception of Severus’ open vaunting of imperialism as a good thing in itself, this all seems quite normal strategic discourse to us. The same cannot be said of the reasons Cassius Dio gives for another of the emperor’s expeditions.


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