The Defeat of Rome in the East: Crassus, the Parthians, and the Disastrous Battle of Carrhae, 53 BC




      The Defeat of Rome in the East: Crassus, the Parthians, and the Disastrous Battle of Carrhae, 53 BC
During the last stages of the Republic, Rome suffered its greatest military disaster since Hannibal s invasion of Italy over 150 years earlier, though this defeat had far reaching consequences While Rome was able to recover from its disaster at Cannae, it never retrieved the results of Carrhae, a defeat that sealed the East as an impenetrable barrier to Roman ambition, and also signaled the demise of the Republic In 53 BC, Marcus Crassus, the richest member of Rome s ruling Triumvirate, which also included Caesar and Pompey, decided to enhance his military stature with an invasion of the Parthian Empire centered on Mesopotamia today s Iraq His 36,000 legionaries crossed the Euphrates and were met by a much smaller Parthian army, albeit one mounted on horseback in the dispersed, missile firing steppe war tradition Later called to a parlay he was forced to attend by his nearly mutinous soldiers, Crassus and his officers were murdered by the Parthians The now leaderless Roman army disintegrated, only some 6,000 escaped to escape At least 20,000 Roman legionaries were left dead on the field, with 10,000 captured The author also provides an analysis of the mysterious Parthians, a people who vied with Rome as the most powerful empire on earth Though their polity and records have long since disappeared, the Parthians mark on history is clear enough through their decisive victory over Rome at Carrhae In this book Dr Gareth Sampson, currently a tutor in ancient history at the University of Manchester, lays out not only the gruesome outcome of the battle but its immense consequences on history. New Read [ The Defeat of Rome in the East: Crassus, the Parthians, and the Disastrous Battle of Carrhae, 53 BC ] by [ Gareth C. Sampson ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • The Defeat of Rome in the East: Crassus, the Parthians, and the Disastrous Battle of Carrhae, 53 BC
  • Gareth C. Sampson
  • English
  • 19 March 2019
  • 1932033890

10 thoughts on “ The Defeat of Rome in the East: Crassus, the Parthians, and the Disastrous Battle of Carrhae, 53 BC

  1. Katie Bayford says:

    Gareth Sampson sets out to redeem Crassus from the pervading myth of incompetency, and does a fine job of it Not only is this book a valuable read for those wanting to understand the Roman Parthian war this book...

  2. Jo Walton says:

    We have so muchinformation about Rome than we do about Parthia that it s great that Sampson even tried to write a balanced account He s also bending over backwards to be fair to Crassus, which was different But this was mucha military history than what I wanted which isn t fair As a military history it s pretty good, and reasonably solid.If you don t know much about Carrhae and want to know , this would be a terrific book, as comprehensive and modern as you re likely to We have so muchinformation about Rome than we do about Parthia that it s great that Sampson even tried to write a balanced account He s also bending over backwards to be fair to Crassus, which was different But this was mucha military history than what I wanted which isn t fair As a military history it s pretty good, and reasonably solid.If you don t know much about Carrhae and want to know , this would be a terrific book, as comprehensive and modern as you re likely to get.I wantedabout the Parthians.There were a couple of unexamined things that made me roll my eyes the Greek cities of Mesopotamia were glad to be liberated by the Romans Oh really Because There s no evidence, and this is just sloppy thinking I d really like something that examined identity and culture in the Hellenistic cities closest I have found is Kosmin s _Land of the Elephant Kings_ Also, when discussing Crassus s head being used as a prop in _The Bacchae_ Sampson says the Parthians and Armenians had absorbed some Helle...

  3. Burt says:

    The first and only book I have read and I am very ill read in this area that fills in the blanks between the conquest of Italy and the emergence of Rome as a world power I encountered this book at Historicon in Lancaster in June It is dense, fairly scholarly written and a real challenge, but the author, in the first fifty pages, has filled in a lot of blanks...

  4. Richard says:

    Gareth Sampson, PhD, is a professor of ancient history at the University of Manchester His book jacket blurb says he is involved in the study of the power struggles and civil warfare of the late Roman Republic, and its expansionist policies in the East This book, which is intended to be accessible for the general reader and the scholar, reflects his knowledge of those subjects It provides many interesting details on the life of one of the most influential politicians and generals of the Gareth Sampson, PhD, is a professor of ancient history at the University of Manchester His book ja...

  5. Brian Dappolone says:

    While this title seemed to pique my interest in the Battle of Carrhae, it only gave me a bitinsight into what I ve already learned from many other books, most notably ones that are not even about Crassus in particular There are some interesting facts regarding the Parthian troops and their tactics in the battle However, there were some aspects of this book that bothered me throughout and made it a tough read.1 Numerous typos that I had to submit toThe book is written in UK While this title seemed to pique my interest in the Battle of Carrhae, it only gave me a bitinsight into what I ve already learned from many other books, most notably ones that are not even about Crassus in particular There are so...

  6. Iván Giménez says:

    El libro va m s all del estricto relato de la batalla de Carras Ofrece un buen an lisis sobre la evoluci n del imperialismo parto y romano, por qu llegaron a chocar y la influencia que tuvo la situaci n interna de cada pa s en los hechos que llevaron al c lebre enfrentamiento.Tambi es interesante el enfoque de la batalla resalta los m ritos del general parto, Surenas, para preparar una estrategia muy eficaz contra la poderosa maquinaria romana No se limita a centrarse en los ...

  7. Ronald Jones says:

    Nothing gets my adreneline flowingthan reading about a good battle The Defeat of Rome covers all of the bases The author provides background on the opposing sides Rome and Parthia strengths, weaknesses , motivations, and ...

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