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Roman Conquests: Asia Minor, Syria and Armenia (Paperback)

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces Colour Books Military

By Dr Richard Evans
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Roman Conquests
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 8pp colour plates, including 4 specially commissioned colour artworks, approx 6 b/w maps
ISBN: 9781399085212
Published: 28th January 2022
Last Released: 12th March 2024


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While conquering Greece and Macedonia the Romans defeated an intervention by the Seleucid Empire, the most powerful of the Hellenistic states founded by Alexander the Great's successors. Soon Roman armies crossed to Asia for the first time to carry the war to the Seleucids. Here they faced one of the most sophisticated armies of the ancient world, evolved from Alexander's all-conquering war machine with the exotic additions of elephants, scythed chariots and heavily armoured cataphract cavalry. The Seleucids also possessed a formidable navy.

The Roman army defeated the Seleucids at the epic battle of Magnesia in 190 BC, which marked the beginning of a long decline for Seleucid power in Asia . This, however, allowed other states to come to the fore, most notably Pontus . In the 1st century BC, Rome 's grip on its Asian provinces was shattered by the onslaught of Mithridates VI of Pontus, Rome 's most enduring foe. Mithridates was eventually overcome, after many Roman reverses, but these wars in turn led to conflict with Armenia .

Like the other volumes in this series, this book gives a clear narrative of the course of these wars, explaining how the Roman war machine coped with formidable new foes and the challenges of unfamiliar terrain and climate. This volume draws on Dr Evans' expertise in studying topography in relation to ancient events and specifically his original research into the battlefield of Magnesia.

“This strategic-level overview provides just the right mix of insight and analysis to offer a well-footnoted history of the Roman conquest of an area that roughly corresponds with current day Turkey.”

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, June 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A well researched book on Romes conquests throughout Asia Minor and Armenia. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good historical book on ancient Roman conquests. Very well put together.

NetGalley, Lional Jones

The quality of the research is, however, never in doubt, and the book superbly charts the drawn out conquest of a region which, although often overlooked, nevertheless "dominated political agendas at Rome for nearly 150 years.

Ancient Warfare

Ar £19.99 this hard covered book is a very worthwhile purchase for anyone with an interest in ancient history.

Military Modelcraft International

About Dr Richard Evans

Dr Richard Evans is Lecturer in Ancient History at Cardiff University. He has a special interest in historical topography and in particular has conducted original research on the battlefield of Magnesia. His previous publications include Syracuse in Antiquity: Topography and History (University of South Africa Press, 2007); Questioning Reputations: Essays on Nine Roman Republican Politicians (University of South Africa Press, 2003) and Gaius Marius: A Political Biography. University of South Africa Press, 1994).

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