From reading polybius, i gather that the basic unit of the roman army was not the legion, at least not in the days of the republic during. Speaks of works on the question of medicine in the roman legions j, 1949, 48 , 585-90 i a richmond, 'the roman army medical service' polybius, iii, 66. Whilst it has been described as meeting polybius' description, however, with relatively minor tweaks the average roman legionary doesn't. A painting of hannibal and his army on the wall of the capitoline given by the roman writers polybius (c200-118bc) and livy (59bc-ad17.
Polybius was a greek historian of the hellenistic period noted for his work the histories, which covered the period of 264–146 bc in detail the work describes . Polybius, rome, and the hellenistic world : essays and reflections / frank w walbank book vi, to his general theme, the superiority of the roman army and. The roman army of the mid-republic refers to the armed forces deployed by the mid-roman the most important extant literary source on the roman army of this period are the histories of the greek historian polybius, published in c.
Polybius is not an author likely to be studied for the sake of his greek, except by the destruction of carthage and the sack of corinth visits to the roman army . Livy gives us no general account of the roman army, comparable to book six in polybius' histories, since he is not interested in analysing the roman state and. The consuls, when they remain in rome, before they lead out the armies into the field, are the masters of all public affairs for all other magistrates, the tribunes. This thesis is a study of the roman army's light infantry and the nature of indeed, polybius' assertion that the velites were selected from the. In fact polybius does not paint the roman leader in a very positive light, saying that his soldiers were 'delivered up to slaughterby a complete lack of judgment .
Polybius was widely read by romans and greeks alike “the order of battle used by the roman army is very difficult to break through, since it. Goldsworthy (complete roman army, 197, see also 172-73) provides the following commentary, but does not give his source in polybius can anyone help me. The first phase of this army, in its manipular structure , is described in detail in the histories of the ancient greek historian polybius, writing before 146 bc.
Polybius (3:107) tells us that the romans recruited no less than eight legions, hannibal's successive defeats of three roman armies certainly. Roman army a single chapter deals with the army from the founding of rome to roman institutions and practices25 this makes polybius' account even more. Full-text paper (pdf): control of epidemics in the roman army: 27 bc - ad 476 histories of polybius london: william heinemann 1922.
A companion to the roman army / edited by paul erdkamp p cm at the time that polybius witnessed roman society, the army and military ethos played. Polybius believed that one of the most important factors in rome's success was the peculiar institutions of the roman army, a subject which he described in. (1973) (english translation: republican rome, the army and the allies (1976)) we are very poorly informed about how the levy was conducted4 polybius.