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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 8:52 p.m. PST

"There is no real consensus as to what such monumental linear boundaries as the walls in northern Britain or between the Rhine and Danube in Germany were for and how they functioned. Almost as puzzling are cases where Roman soldiers were distributed in very small detachments, often less than ten men, manning watchtowers, constructed in lines following roads or along ridges. Such deployments seem to make little sense if the primary aim of the Roman army was to defend the provinces since any serious attack would surely have overwhelmed these weak defences.

Neither the view of the Roman Empire during the Principate as essentially defensive, nor the view that it was aggressive and still hoping to expand, explains properly what the army was actually doing. Mattern has recently suggested that the defensive-offensive distinction is anachronistic, and that we should view Roman foreign relations more in terms of concepts of honour and power. The theme of her book was essentially the ideology of empire, and it did not really explain how the army operated or whether or not its activities were effective. The shift in emphasis was very useful, for it is important to understand how the Romans conceived of their relations with other peoples, and it is within this framework that we should attempt to understand what their armed forces were actually doing…"


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GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 5:37 a.m. PST

A brief yet interesting article there, too.

As well as a link to this page regarding different styles o towers, available for constructing paper towers, yet provide ideas one could use to scratch build, too.

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 9:38 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)

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