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The Defeat of Rome (Hardback)

Crassus, Carrhae & the Invasion of the East

Ancient History Rome

By Gareth C Sampson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
ISBN: 9781844156764
Published: 21st February 2008


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In 53BC the Proconsul Marcus Crassus and 36,000 of his legionaries were crushed by the Parthians at Carrhae in what is now eastern Turkey. Crassus' defeat and death and the 20,000 casualties his army suffered were an extraordinary disaster for Rome. The event intensified the bitter, destructive struggle for power in the Roman republic, curtailed the empire's eastward expansion and had a lasting impact on the history of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It was also the first clash between two of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world. Yet this critical episode has often been neglected by writers on the period who have concentrated on the civil war between Pompey and Caesar. Gareth Sampson, in this challenging and original study, reconstructs the Carrhae campaign in fine detail, reconsiders the policy of imperial expansion and gives a fascinating insight into the opponents the Romans confronted in the East - the Parthians.

the book is very well written and tightly referenced.... Recommended, especially for those who only remember Crassus as the guy who played by Laurence Olivier in Spartacus.


an accessible and cogently written book. The Defeat of Rome in the East is an invaluable addition to the literature field and one sure to enjoy a long shelf like in both municipal and university libraries alike.


About Gareth C Sampson

Dr Gareth Sampson has a PhD in Ancient History from Manchester University where he taught for a number of years. His first book was Defeat of Rome (Pen & Sword, 2008). He lives in Plymouth.

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