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Roman Legionary Fortresses 27 BC-AD 378 by Duncan B. Campbell

Roman Legionary Fortresses 27 BC-AD 378

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Roman Legionary Fortresses 27 BC-AD 378 by Duncan B. Campbell

The concept of a legionary fortress as a permanent structure dates from the reign of Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). It is only from that time that we find a standing army distributed around the empire, and their permanent fortresses developed from the temporary field fortifications of the legions on campaign. This book describes the development, design and construction of these fortresses throughout the length and breadth of the Empire. It also deals extensively with the experience of life within a typical fortress and covers the operational history of these fortifications, including the famous siege of Vetera in AD 69.

About the Author

Dr Duncan B Campbell is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman warfare. He published his first paper in 1984, as an undergraduate at Glasgow University, and produced a complete re-assessment of Roman siegecraft for his Ph.D. Over the years, his work has appeared in several international journals. He lives near the Antonine Wall in Scotland with his wife and son.

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Publication date

12th April 2006


Duncan B. Campbell

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Osprey Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


64 pages


European history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE
Warfare & defence



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