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Posted by: Bogianen Hi, what about a new Campaign title about one of the worst Roman defeat, Carre in the 53 BC?"
2023,-1,28783,cavasta,2011-09-02 19:33:00,Staircases,Do you have any plans to produce a book on traditional and staircases? Can anyone suggest such a book? 2439,46,28920,Il collezionista,2012-09-23 17:43:00,Why Osprey Editorial team never answer?,"I've send them an email with a proposal for a book on the Trojan war,but they never answer (just to say we are not interested!).
I know they are very busy and they have hundreds of requests,but after a month they should answer!
Posted on: 21/10/2014 11:35:00

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Posted by: .George Washington
Total Posts: 164
Joined Date: Friday, 21 June 2013
It's spelled Carrhae. But yes, I would like to see a CAM title.
Posted on: 21/10/2014 13:45:00
Posted by: Bogianen
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Ooops! I forgot to translate the location from italian..., sorry
Posted on: 21/10/2014 14:28:00
Posted by: achim
Total Posts: 40
Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013
yes....BUT....., we do not know much about the Battle itself! We know Crassus was defeated and killed, and the Legion's Eagles captured!



We may imply (or guess, if you like), that it was by the Parthian Horse Archery...., or wasn't it? Maybe the decisive element wern't the Horse Archers, but the Parthian Cataphracts?? Or maybe, the Parthian Infantry held the Romans??



the simple fact is that we do not know how this Battle was fought!! As so often in Antiquity!

I think it was Hugo Rodrigues who warned about a book on this Battle a few weeks ago, when we discussed the upcoming CAM on Chalons.....
Posted on: 21/10/2014 17:05:00
Posted by: Hugo Rodrigues
Total Posts: 5
Joined Date: Monday, 13 December 2010
For paragraphs.
Posted on: 22/10/2014 17:30:00
Posted by: Hugo Rodrigues
Total Posts: 5
Joined Date: Monday, 13 December 2010
achim: yes, that was me.

"I'd place another Vegas bet that one of the campaign books about classical antiquity Osprey will eventually and enthusiastically greenlight and publish will be about Crassus' defeat at Carrhae, despite the generic and nor particularly useful narratives given by the sources available (Plutarch and Dio IIRC), because the "Roman legionary vs Parthian horse archer" matchup will get the Ninja vs Pirate crowd all excited. I suppose they can always pad the book with the much later campaigns of Ventidius Bassus..."

Carrhae has plenty of name recognition, plus the appeal tot he Ninja vs Pirate set, but the sources are clearly insufficient. Judge for yourselves.

Here is Cassius Dio:


(scroll down to Chapter 12 - copy/pasted the relevant sections into a word processor and came up with about 8 pp. of a rather vague and generic narrative)

And here is Plutarch:


(scroll down to Chapter 17; c. 16 pp. of text, much more detailed than Dio, but still lacking in purely military details such as composition and disposition of forces, terrain, troop movements...).
Posted on: 22/10/2014 17:41:00
Posted by: paul will
Total Posts: 322
Joined Date: Sunday, 4 January 2015
With some good historical detective analysis and educated guesswork I'm sure a decent attempt could be made. I'd be interested.
Posted on: 27/11/2014 18:39:00
Posted by: Pompeius Minus
Total Posts: 6
Joined Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Totally agree.

Very important (if not quite pivotal) Roman disaster with some interesting historical-archaeological controversies that could make for a good book.
Posted on: 17/12/2014 09:43:00
Posted by: PAUL W
Total Posts: 322
Joined Date: Sunday, 4 January 2015

Having seen how well Simon McDowall did with Catalaunian Fields, I would like to see him attempt it.

Posted on: 12/04/2016 05:22:19

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