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Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire:

From the First Century CE to the Third Revised and Updated Edition
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At the height of its power, the Roman Empire encompassed the entire Mediterranean basin, extending much beyond it from Britain to Mesopotamia, from the Rhine to the Black Sea. Rome prospered for centuries while successfully resisting attack, fending off everything from overnight robbery raids to full-scale invasion attempts by entire nations on the move. How were troops able to defend the Empire's vast territories from constant attacks? And how did they do so at such moderate cost that their treasury could pay for an immensity of highways, aqueducts, amphitheaters, city baths, and magnificent temples?
In The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire, seasoned defense analyst Edward N. Luttwak reveals how the Romans were able to combine military strength, diplomacy, and fortifications to effectively respond to changing threats. Rome's secret was not ceaseless fighting, but comprehensive strategies that unified force, diplomacy, and an immense infrastructure of roads, forts, walls, and barriers. Initially relying on client states to buffer attacks, Rome moved to a permanent frontier defense around 117 CE. Finally, as barbarians began to penetrate the empire, Rome filed large armies in a strategy of "defense-in-depth," allowing invaders to pierce Rome's borders.
This updated edition has been extensively revised to incorporate recent scholarship and archeological findings. A new preface explores Roman imperial statecraft. This illuminating book remains essential to both ancient historians and students of modern strategy.

List of Maps, Figures, and Tables
Preface to the 2016 Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. The Julio-Claudian System
The System in Outline
The Client States
The Management of the Clients
The Tactical Organization of the Army
The Strategic Deployment of Forces
2. From the Flavians to the Severi
The System in Outline
Border Defense
Border Defense
The Decline of the Client System
The Army and the System
3. Defense-in-Depth
The System in Outline
The Changing Threat
The New Borders of the Empire
Walled Towns and Hard-Point Defenses
Border Troops
Provincial Forces
Central Field Armies
Epilogue. The Three Systems
Appendix. Power and Force

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