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Book Review: The Defeat of Rome: Crassus, Carrhae & the Invasion of the East

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Tuesday, May 21, 2019
by Gareth C. Sampson.

With historical records relatively scanty, especially on the Parthian viewpoint, this covers a far longer time than the actual battle, which is Chapter 6 pages 114-147 of the 181 pages of text (book is 224 pages, including excellent discussion of sources, as well as bibliography, index, etc.). The description of the battle covers the same details as before and the same general series of events as before, but if you are new to the battle and general time period, this is a fine book. Enjoyed it.

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Book Review: Maximinus Thrax: From Common Soldier to Emperor of Rome,

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Tuesday, May 21, 2019
by Paul N. Pearson.

Biography of a Roman Emperor traced his rise from just another soldier -- admittedly one that stood about 7 feet tall -- to officer to general to Emperor (allegedly at the insistence of the legion, including officers who drew swords on him to take the purple or else). He campaigned in Dacia and then eastwards in the 230sAD, and then battled against counter-coups before his demise. His details were nicely interspersed with events in and around the Empire. Enjoyed it.

 

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