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The Battle of Dyrrhachium (48 BC) (Hardback)

Caesar, Pompey, and the Early Campaigns of the Third Roman Civil War

Ancient History Military

By Gareth C Sampson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 248
Illustrations: 16 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526793584
Published: 12th April 2022


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In 49 BC the Roman Republic collapsed once more into bloody civil war. At the heart of this war lay the two greatest living Roman commanders, and former allies, Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar, each having built their own factions within the Roman oligarchy and refusing to compromise. The subsequent civil war would be fought for control of the Republic with each man determined to restore peace and stability to Rome, under their leadership. Yet despite this clash it was eighteen months before the two men met in Battle at Dyrrhachium in Albania.

Gareth Sampson outlines the strategic background, describing the early campaigns of the civil war and the factions of Caesar and Pompey that fought for control of the vast resources of the Republic. The Battle of Dyrrhachium itself is analysed to determine the strengths and weakness of both armies and their various commanders as well as the tactics used in the phases of the battle which culminated in victory for Pompey. Focus is also given to the aftermath of the battle that saw Caesar defeated and Pompey in the ascendancy.

An impressively well researched, written, and detailed account, "The Battle of Dyrrhachium (48 BC): Caesar, Pompey, and the Early Campaigns of the Third Roman Civil War" is enhanced for the reader's benefit with the inclusion of Maps, Illustrations, Digrams, three Time Lines, two Appendices, nine pages of Notes, a ten page Bibliography, and a three page Index. An informative and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library Roman Military History collections.

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It's an interesting read for anyone with an interest in military strategies or for anyone with an interest in Caesar himself.

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About Gareth C Sampson

After a career in corporate finance, Gareth C Sampson returned to the study of ancient Rome and gained his PhD from the University of Manchester, where he taught for a number of years. He now lives in Plymouth with his wife and children.

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In August 48 BC, following the earlier battle at Dyrrhachium, the two greatest Roman commanders of their generation met in battle again at Pharsalus in Greece. Julius Caesar, conqueror of Gaul, had been defeated at Dyrrhachium and forced to retreat but now stood at bay to face Pompey the Great, conqueror of the East. At stake lay the future of the ailing Roman Republic, each man believing he alone had the solution to restoring Republican government. Gareth Sampson examines the campaigns which led up to the battle as well as the role played by the various regional powers who got drawn into the…

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