The Rise of Rome

Michael Sage

in The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780195304657
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Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Rise of Rome

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This chapter describes the rise of Rome. The end of the seventh and the first half of the sixth century were marked by the beginnings of urbanization, and by a substantial population increase in Rome. The cavalry was significant in the early regal and Republican battles. The Roman army had undergone a tactical revolution by the middle of the second century that included substantial numbers of allied forces in the Republican period. Early Roman tactics were usually aggressive and designed to break the enemy formation by a frontal assault. The growth of the semi-professional army in the late Republic allowed the development of legions of veteran soldiers, offering the commander a tactical advantage that could be especially effective against formations of new recruits.

Keywords: Rome; urbanization; Republican battles; cavalry; Roman army; allied forces; Roman tactics

Article.  10896 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History

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