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Military History of Late Rome 395-425 (Hardback)

Ancient History Rome Military

By Dr Ilkka Syvanne
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 384
Illustrations: 32 colour & black and white maps & battle diagrams
ISBN: 9781848848542
Published: 10th December 2020

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This ambitious series gives the reader a comprehensive narrative of late Roman military history from 284-641. Each volume gives a detailed account of the changes in organization, equipment, strategy and tactics among both the Roman forces and her enemies in the relevant period, while also giving a detailed but accessible account of the campaigns and battles.

The Military History of Late Rome Volume 3 analyses in great detail the pivotal years of 395-425. It was then that the mighty Roman Empire faced the Great Migrations while being wrecked by civil wars. In 395 the task of defending the Roman Empire fell on the great generalissimos Stilicho. He faced a series of hostile bureaucrats, emperors, usurpers and foreign foes until he was killed in a conspiracy in 409. His death led to an event that shook up the Empire to its very core. The city of Rome fell to the Visigoths of Alaric in 410. The book shows why this happened and how and why the Germanic tribes were able to settle inside the borders of the Empire. This, however, is not the entire picture. In contrast to the West Romans, the East Romans survived the civil wars and faced the Germans, Huns and Persia successfully. Why it was so and why were the East Romans able to take control also of West Rome in 425?

“An outstanding work… [the series] gives us a very good picture of the long process that has come to be known as the “Fall of Rome”. This is an invaluable read for anyone with an interest in Late Antiquity.”

The NYMAS Review

These will be useful to the wargamer as they provide a good reference for painting late Roman figures. This is a great book for any wargamer thinking about diving into the Late Roman Period. It has plenty of information to get your teeth into. It’s definitely one you should have on your shelf if you’re interested in playing Late Roman armies.

Irregular magazine, Issue 16 Volume 2 / Summer 2021 - review by Jason Hubbard

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The Armourer, April 2021

I think both of these books (The Military History of Late Rome Volume 457-518), and the wider series are excellent additions any military historian or wargammer of the period. These are useful research tools and can be used as a jumping off point for a number of research projects.

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Medieval Sword School

I think both of these books (The Military History of Late Rome Volume 457-518), and the wider series are excellent additions any military historian or wargammer of the period. These are useful research tools and can be used as a jumping off point for a number of research projects.

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Wargames Illustrated, September 2019

Another example in this excellent series from Dr Ilkka Syvanne. Recommended.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

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About Dr Ilkka Syvanne

Dr Ilka Syvanne gained his doctorate in history in 2004 from Tampere University in his native Finland. His doctoral thesis was published as The Age of Hippotoxotai, Art of War in Roman Military Revival and Disaster 491-636 (Tampere University Press, Tampere 2004). He has also written numerous articles on late Roman/Byzantine warfare, and contributed seven entries for Blackwell's Encyclopaedia of the Roman Army (2011). Since 2007 he has been Vice Chairman of the Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies. He lives in Kangasala, Finland.

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