Vegetius Renatus, Flavius
Epitoma Rei Militaris
Edited with an English Translation by Leo F. Stelten
Year of Publication: 1990
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1990. XXX, 334 pp., 1 ill.
ISBN 978-0-8204-1403-4 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.640 kg, 1.411 lbs
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Flavius Vegetius Renatus, the 4th century AD writer on military matters, was more well known during the Middle Ages than today. His Epitoma Rei Militaris was a kind of Vademecum for many kings and generals. Writers on military training and tactics used Vegetius as a source for their own treatises on these subjects. The Epitoma is found in over 300 manuscripts in Latin, in other European languages and in English. Printed editions are more scarce, especially in English. Lt. John Clarke prepared an English translation in 1767 directed mainly to military personnel. This has been printed in part in this century. Carolus Lang prepared a critical text of the Latin in 1885. Stelten's book is an updated Latin text and a complete English translation.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editor: Leo F. Stelten received his Ph.D. in Classics at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Catholic priest on the faculty of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he is professor of Latin and Greek and assistant cataloger of old books in the A.T. Wehrle Memorial Library. He has taught at Cardinal Muench Seminary and North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, and in Athens, Greece, at the Seton Hall College Summer Study program. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Saint Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
«After studying and collating some twenty Latin manuscripts of this important work on Roman military history, Father Stelten has written a fluent translation of this description by Vegetius of the life and times and training of the soldiers of the Roman army who conquered the Mediterranean world. Doctor Stelten proves himself to be a competent Classical scholar. This book is highly recommended for every library and course in military history.» (John P. Kleinz, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Pontifical College Josephinum)
«Father Stelten has grappled with the Vegetian idiom and has given us a translation that is easily readable but concise. Classicists and military historians alike will hail his contribution to a text not worked on for over a century.» (Paul Denning, St. Ignatius College Prep)
«This book is highly recommended for every library and course in military history and theory.» (D. Engelberts, Int. militärgeschichtliche Bibliographie)
American University Studies: Series 17, Classical Languages and Literature. Vol. 11