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Roman Conquests: The Danubian Provinces (Hardback)

Ancient History

By Michael Schmitz
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781848848245
Published: 28th February 2018

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The Roman conquests of Macedonia in the 2nd century BC led directly to the extension of their authority over the troublesome tribes of Thrace to the south of the Danube. But their new neighbour on the other side of the mighty river, the kingdom of the Dacians, was to pose an increasing threat to the Roman empire. Inevitably this eventually provoked Roman attempts at invasion and conquest. It is a measure of Dacian prowess and resilience that several tough campaigns were required over more than a century before their kingdom was added to the Roman Empire. It was one of the Empire's last major acquisitions (and a short-lived one at that).

Dr Michael Schmitz traces Roman involvement in the Danube region from first contact with the Thracians after the Third Macedonian War in the 2nd century BC to the ultimate conquest of Dacia by Trajan in the early years of the 2nd Century AD. 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. Specially-commissioned colour plates bring the main troop types vividly to life in meticulously-researched detail.

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About Michael Schmitz

Dr Michael Schmitz is a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia. He is the author of Roman Annexation: Costs and Benefits of Trajan's Dacian Conquests (2010) and The Dacian Threat 101 – 106 AD (2005).

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