[MUD-Dev] Depth of realism

Jeremy Music rezo at lords.com
Tue Nov 23 08:28:21 New Zealand Daylight Time 1999


Wendy wrote:

WW> As far as your contention that the Romans rarely brought a thousand
WW> soldiers into the field at the same time, it should be noted that a Roman
WW> legion of the original type numbered 4,200 men.  Later legions under
WW> Marius or Caesar numbered 6,000 men.  Adding in the omnipresent
WW> auxiliaries and irregulars made an army of one legion equal to about
WW> 10,000 men.  Roman history is thick with battles with battles involving
WW> multiple legions; Cannae in 216 BC featured a Roman force of 80,000 men
WW> against Hannibal's 50,000.

One  often  taught  part  of Roman history is that the downfall of the
Roman  empire was in part due to having such huge armies.  They simply
grew beyond their ability to "pay for" their armies and the lands they
conquered.  Modern day equivalent: USSR

Sterling @ Wyld Knight





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