The Waving Flag: Defeat Of Rome In The East

Friday 18 July 2008

Defeat Of Rome In The East

Introduction (2023)
In 2008, chapter six from this book was available to download as a pdf.  It was subsequently removed from the internet.  As of July 2023, the whole book is now available to download as a pdf.

Original text (edited 2023)
I’ve had a strong interest in Ancient Persia since attending Martin Charlesworth’s evening classes at Liverpool University in the early years of this decade and I’m always on the look out for up to date material like this.

Chapter six covers both the Roman and the Parthian armies before describing Carrhae in quite some detail.  An ideal start for wargamers!  I’ve only had time to skim it so far but it certainly looks worth a full read.

The full title is “Defeat Of Rome In The East: Crassus, the Parthians, and the Disastrous Battle of Carrhae, 53 BC”. The publisher describes the book and author as:

“During the last stages of the Republic, Rome suffered its greatest military disaster since Hannibal’s invasion of Italy over 150 years earlier, though this defeat had more far-reaching consequences. While Rome was able to recover from its disaster at Cannae, it never did retrieve the results of Carrhae, a defeat that sealed the East as an impenetrable barrier to Roman ambition, and also signaled the demise of the Republic.”
“In this book Dr. Gareth Sampson, currently a tutor in ancient history at the University of Manchester, lays out not only the gruesome outcome of the battle but its immense consequences. First, unlike Alexander’s Greeks, who had marched all the way to the Indus, Rome was never again to challenge the civilizations beyond the Euphrates. Second, with Crassus dead, Caesar and Pompey engaged in a bloody civil war that would end the Republic and result in political dictatorship."
"The author also provides an analysis of the mysterious Parthians, a people who vied with Rome as the most powerful empire on earth. Though their polity and records have long since disappeared, the Parthians’ mark on history is clear enough through their decisive victory over Rome at Carrhae.”

Well worth further exploration.

Other useful links:

  1. David Kennedy and Derrick Riley. Rome's Desert Frontier. University of Texas Press, Austin, 1990.  Chapters 1 & 2.


James said...

Hmm Thanks,

anything Roman is always interesting for me.

Vexillia said...

Post edited and link to a pdf of the whole book added.

Vexillia said...

Cover image added.

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