Vegetius' Epitoma rei militaris
Warner, Jonathan Hoyt
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This thesis investigates how Vegetius’ historical perspective in the Epitoma rei militaris was expressed in pragmatic rules and how those regulae were transferred into a Byzantine context in Maurice’s Strategikon. The first chapter assesses Vegetius’ historical perspective, specifically the primacy of institutions as the cause of Roman success. The second chapter consists of a discussion of the regulae bellorum generales (Epit. 3.26.1-34), their authenticity, and how they relate to the pragmatic and genre-specific functions of the work. The final chapter explores what the Greek translation of Vegetius’ regulae in Maurice’s Strategikon reveals about the reception of Vegetius’ work in the Byzantine empire.