Alexander Sarantis, D.Phil (2006), University of Oxford, is Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Late Antique Archaeology and Associate Lecturer at the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, University of Kent. He has authored articles on the Gepids, the Heruls and A.H.M. Jones. His forthcoming monograph looks at The Balkans during the Reign of Justinian.
Neil Christie, Ph.D. (1985), University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, is Reader in Archaeology at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, UK. He is the author of various works on Late Roman and Early Medieval Italy, a recent monograph on The Fall of the Western Roman Empire, and editor and co-editor to works on late antique towns and landscapes.
All those interested in the archaeology and history of the Late Roman and Early Medieval periods in Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as military historians and architectural historians focusing on fortifications.
"...Todo ello hace que, en efecto, la obra contribuya de manera notable a la difusión de importantes novedades, sobre todo aportadas por la arqueología, relativas a los conflictos bélicos y a sus efectos en tiempos tardo-antiguos, tanto en el Oriente como en el Occidente mediterráneo, así como del estado actual de la investigación.”
Isaías Arrayás Morales (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), RUHM, Vol. 5/10/ 2016, pp. 375 - 445
"...The papers present an abundance of evidence and debate which will remain for many years on the bookshelves of scholars interested in the late Roman period and especially military affairs. The editors are to be congratulated for the result of what must have been an onerous task but one which has provided a key resource for all students of Late Antiquity."
Andrew Poulter (University of Nottingham), The Classical Review, Vol. 65, Issue 01, April 2015, pp. 240 - 242 (DOI: 10.1017/S0009840X14002856)
"These volumes are the latest addition to the invaluable Late Antique Archaeology series which has done much to strengthen late antique archaeology’s identity as a field in its own right...At over a thousand pages, this is a substantial work, and a sampling of the bibliographic essays, running to more than 250 pages, suggests that they will be a valuable resource...Overall, this is a very useful publication, both for its bibliographical surveys and for a good number of stimulating research papers."
A.D. Lee (University of Nottingham), Medieval Archaeology, vol. 58, November 2014
"...un ouvrage utile et de grande qualité. Il donne une première lumière sur tous les aspects de la guerre durant l'Antiquité tardive et il permet de reprendre tous les aspects du sujet grâce aux listes de sources et de bibliographie, en général heureusement commentées. Dorénavant, personne ne pourra aborder l'histoire militaire de cette période sans commencer par voir ce qu'il apporte..."
Yann Le Bohec, in sehepunkte 14 (2014), Nr. 2 [15.02.2014], URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2014/02/24248.html
"...these two volumes will undoubtedly interest all those seeking to learn more about war and warfare during Late Antiquity, and I doubt that there is anyone who will not learn something new by reading the set..."
David Woods, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.06.48.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements ... ix
List of Contributors ... xi
Foreword ... xvii
Alexander Sarantis and Neil Christie
Waging War in Late Antiquity ... 1
War in Late Antiquity: Secondary Works, Literary Sources and .M aterial Evidence ... 101
Military Equipment and Weaponry: A Bibliographic Essay ... 153
Tactics: A Bibliographic Essay ... 177
Organisation and Life in the Late Roman Military: A Bibliographic Essay ... 209
Strategy, Diplomacy and Frontiers: A Bibliographic Essay ... 239
Fortifications in the West: A Bibliographic Essay ... 255
Alexander Sarantis with Neil Christie
Fortifications in Africa: A Bibliography Essay ... 297
Fortifications in the East: A Bibliographic Essay ... 317
Strategy and Intelligence
Information and War: Some Comments on Defensive Strategy and Information in the Middle Byzantine Period (ca. A.D. 660–1025) ... 373
Fortifications and Siege Warfare
Fortifications and the Late Roman East: From Urban Walls to Long Walls ... 397
Siege Warfare and Counter-Siege Tactics in Late Antiquity (ca. 250–640) ... 433
Weaponry and Equipment
Late Roman Military Equipment Culture ... 463
J. C. N. Coulston
Barbarian Military Equipment and its Evolution in the Late Roman and Great Migration Periods (3rd–5th c. A.D.) ... 493
Recreating the Late Roman Army ... 523
Literary Sources and Topography
Reporting Battles and Understanding Campaigns in Procopius and Agathias: Classicising Historians’ Use of Archived Documents as Sources ... 571
Procopius on the Struggle for Dara in 530 and Rome in 537–38: Reconciling Texts and Landscapes ... 599
Ammianus Marcellinus and the Nisibene Handover of A.D. 363 ... 631
Imperial Campaigns between Diocletian and Honorius, A.D. 284–423: the Rhine Frontier and the Western Provinces ... 655
The Archaeology of War and the 5th c. ‘Invasions’ ... 683
Controlling the Pyrenees: a Macaque’s Burial from Late Antique Iulia Libica (Llivia, La Cerdanya, Spain) ... 703
Oriol Olesti, Jordi Guàrdia, Marta Maragall, Oriol Mercadal, Jordi Galbany and Jordi Nadal
The Archaeology of War: Homeland Security in the South-West Balkans (3rd–6th c. A.D.) ... 735
Military Encounters and Diplomatic Affairs in the North Balkans during the Reigns of Anastasius and Justinian ... 759
Horsemen in Forts or Peasants in Villages? Remarks on the Archaeology of Warfare in the 6th to 7th c. Balkans ... 809
Military Infrastructure in the Roman Provinces North and South of the Armenian Taurus in Late Antiquity ... 853
El-Lejjūn: Logistics and Localisation on Rome’s Eastern Frontier in the 6th c. A.D. ... 893
Wars within the Frontiers: Archaeologies of Rebellion, Revolt and.Civil War ... 927
The Justinianic Reconquest of Italy: Imperial Campaigns and Local Responses ... 969
Abstracts in French ... 1001
Index ... 1009
Series Information ... 1085