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Roman Conquests: Egypt and Judaea (Paperback)

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By John D Grainger
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Roman Conquests
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 50 colour illustrations including 4 specially commissioned artworks by Graham Sumner
ISBN: 9781526781598
Published: 3rd June 2020

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Egypt was the last of the Macedonian Successor states to be swallowed up by Roman expansion. The Ptolemaic rulers had allied themselves to Rome while their rivals went down fighting. However, Cleopatra's famous love affair with Marc Antony ensured she was on the wrong side of the Roman civil war between him and Octavian (later to become Caesar Augustus). After the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the naval battle of Actium, Octavian swiftly brought it under direct Roman control, though it took several campaigns to fully subjugate the whole country. These campaigns have previously been largely neglected. Judaea was a constant source of trouble for the Romans, as it had been for the Seleucids, the previous overlords of the region. The Romans at first were content to rule through client kings like the infamous Herod but were increasingly sucked in to direct military involvement to suppress religiously-inspired revolts. Like the other volumes in this series, this book gives a clear narrative of the course of these campaigns, explaining how the Roman war machine coped with formidable new foes and the challenges of unfamiliar terrain and climate. Specially-commissioned colour plates by the renowned Graham Sumner bring the main troop types vividly to life in meticulously-researched detail.

Grainger has an engaging writing style that makes the book accessible and is a suitable textbook for graduate graduate students and undergraduate seminars. It also offers an excellent overview of the subject for scholars unfamiliar with the histories of these countries.

Society of Ancient Military Historians

This is a fascinating read and helps explain why the expansion of the Roman Empire came to an end.

History of War

Grainger's style is an excellent blend of scholarship and readability. This is an excellent work, illuminating an era which is frequently glossed over or marked by popular misconceptions.

Ancient Warfare

About John D Grainger

John D Grainger is a former teacher and historian of great experience with a particular interest in Classical and Hellenistic Greek history. His many previous works include the following for Pen & Sword: Hellenistic and Roman Naval Wars (2011); The Wars of the Maccabees (2012); Roman Conquests: Egypt and Judaea (2013); a three-part history of the Seleukid Empire (2014-16), King’s and Kingship in the Hellenistic World 350-30 BC (2017), Antipater’s Dynasty (2018), Ancient Dynasties (2019), The Roman Imperial Succession (March 2020) and The Galatians (August 2020). He lives in Evesham, Worcestershire.

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