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Visual Evidence for Roman Infantry Tactics

Michael Taylor Nov 17, 2016

Michael Taylor, a Clements Center Postdoctoral Fellow from 2015-2016 published an article in the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome Journal on Roman military organization.

He writes that "small-unit tactics shaped the nature of combat for the individual [Roman] infantryman and his close companions but also structured the entirety of the engagement: a battle was, after all, nothing more than thousands of coordinated individual fights concentrated in time and space." Dr. Taylor argues that previous histories were based largely on "key passages from Polybius, Caesar, Livy, and Vegetius." However, his work draws on the "aggregate of literary description and artistic depiction" to produce a more thorough model.  

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