Review: Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds, Montagu

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Review: Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds, Montagu

Postby Anonymous on Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:12 am

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Arrived at my hands and interesting book:
Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds- A chronological compendium 0f 667 battles to 31 BC, by J. Drogo Montagu. Hardcover.
240x159 mm, 320 p., 53 photographs (*), 45 drawings, 38 maps.

(*) strange, i didnt saw a single photograpy (!).

What it is: basically a dictionary of battles. Mentions or describes 667 battles in 200 pages.
For example: for the greek battles, Tegea (473) receives 7 lines; Mantinea (418) receives 2 columns and a diagram; Issus (333) and Gaugamela (331), two columns each;
and for the roman battles, Zama (202) receives 3 columns (one diagram included), and Tifernus (295), a obscure battle of the third samnite war, only five lines.

There is also 15 maps of various cenarios (north Italy, center Italy, south Italy, Sicilia, Syracuse, Hispania etc.; a background information, with 5 pages, about the greek and roman armies, naval battles etc., a glossary (2 pages), and two chronological tables, depicting name of the battle, year, war/episode, victor/vanquished, for the greek battles (9 pages) and roman battles (10 pages).

The work is limited to a compilation, and there isnt an effort to deliver more than expected; no surprises, then. But it is the proposal of the book. Its the perfect reference for historical battles.
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Postby Horatius Piscinus on Thu Aug 12, 2004 12:29 pm

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What about references, for example for Tifernum does it give Livy 9.44 as its source of information? It would be a very useful book indeed if it could be used to look up original sources on the battles.

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Postby Anonymous on Fri Aug 13, 2004 10:58 pm

M Moravi Horati Piscine wrote:Salve Marce Maior

What about references, for example for Tifernum does it give Livy 9.44 as its source of information? It would be a very useful book indeed if it could be used to look up original sources on the battles.

Vale optime



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Yes, it have references.
For Tifernum (305)/ Bovianum (305)/ Tifernum (305):
Livy, 9: 44(5-13); cf. Diodorus, 20: 90(3-4)
For Tifernum (297): Livy, 10: 14
For Tifernus M (295): Livy, 10: 30(7)

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