Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The Best Defence is a Good Defence - History of Rome

Mike looks at the reforms of Diocletian and ranges a bit further into the various potential defensive strategies open to the Romans.  In particular, he dismisses the so called 'defense in depth' idea which has been very popular among military historians. Defending the empire was a full time job and required a lot of resources.  Changing the centuries old size of the legions was one way Diocletian made the army more flexible, but this probably didn't go so far as to actually deliberately allowing barbarians to enter Roman territory to make them easier to defeat.


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