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Over the course of his reign Diocletian instituted a number of reforms to the military structure that helped transform the legions into a new kind of army.
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great episode as usual Mike.. really interesting stuff
matt, the netherlands |
February 07, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Mike: This was a well done, very interesting episode re Diocletian's military innovations. I'm looking forward to the next two episodes and more innovations. A nice break from the parade of emporers.
Happy Birthday to Mr. and Mrs. THoR next week. A gift for each is on its way. Cheers.
A Fan from the WATBL |
February 07, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Your audible link doesn't work, and hasn't for quite some time.
February 07, 2011 at 06:01 PM
It worked for me a week or so ago
Ben Nicholson |
February 08, 2011 at 02:40 PM
I enjoyed the episode agian, as always; also enjoyed the discussion of the views of different historians. Thanks.
The History of England |
February 09, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Have you see these clips
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February 09, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Love your work. I've kept all your episodes thus far so that my daughter can enjoy them in a few years. Your work is priceless.
All the best
Kai (from Melbourne, Australia)
February 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Speaking of the army, how did equipment/armor change for the soldiers from the time of Marius to the Crisis years, to the end of the Empire?
February 10, 2011 at 03:44 PM
I have found these sites very interesting, they deal with Roman Army history.
The first one has popup advertising that fronts every page loaded but can be closed, a nuisance but the site is worth a look as it has many diagrams and is well researched. The second is the official site for a military history society. Lots of photos of re-enactments. If you are still thirsty for more, go to..
They have recently updated their site and there are forums to learn and share information. Another of my favourites is...
Luise (Tasmania,Australia) |
February 10, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Ave Mike:) A great episode. I wondered if you'd seen the latest news on the current mess in the Roman Empire?
Val in Vancouver |
February 13, 2011 at 04:41 PM
The Roman legions now use scale mail armour (lorica squamata), seen on the Arch of Galerius in Thessaloniki, instead of the segmented plates (lorica segmentata), seen on Trajan's column. The sword, which might be the long spatha and not the gladius, is now worn on the left instead of on the right. The shields are round and seem to be held with the left elbow flexed at 90 degrees (the rectangular shields of Trajan were supposedly held beside the body with the elbow straight). The helmets appear Germanic with metal nose and cheek guards and metal or mail neck guards.The pilum has also turned into a spear or spiculum. I think the Art of War states that the legions had returned to fighting in phalanges and not cohorts.
February 14, 2011 at 10:52 PM
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