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Posted by: Gaiiten Hello, a question for the staff, is it difficult to get authors for writing sourcebooks for the Late Ancient era? It is very under-represented in your publications, but there are many great titels possible, but you have published so far only so few. Some examples (only for the Campaign Serie): Aurelian`s Campaigns " Restitutor Orbis " Julian Apostata` Persian Campaign 363AD The Sack of Rome 455 AD Battle of the Catalaunian Plains 451AD The Battle of the Red Cliffs 208/209 AD Best regards
Posted on: 22/09/2013 19:46:00

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Posted by: OspreyRich
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Joined Date: Tuesday, 12 August 2008
It is often a combination of factors. No one has come forward to propose it, sales of related titles may suggest it won't sell enough, a lack of decent sources or simply time. In particular with the Campaign series we could put out two books a month and still not so everything we'd like to!
Posted on: 25/09/2013 10:51:00
Posted by: Hugo Rodrigues
Total Posts: 5
Joined Date: Monday, 13 December 2010
As a rule, ancient literary sources for military campaigns in Late Antiquity, even the most historically relevant ones, are smaller in number and poorer in quality when compared to say those available for the Punic Wars, or even for otherwise obscure clashes between Hellenistic rulers. IMO in the four first titles you mention there just aren't enough sources to provide enough detail for a proper narrative. Maybe Ammianus for Julian's Persian campaign of 363 AD, but the campaign itself is a bit anticlimactic. But Julian's campaigns in Gaul (with the battle of Strasbourg as the central set piece of the book) on the other hand would be doable. As for authors, Late Roman strategy was the subject of my MD thesis, later published with some comercial success, but I really don't have the time to work on a new book right now.
Posted on: 25/09/2013 12:37:00
Posted by: Hugo Rodrigues
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Joined Date: Monday, 13 December 2010
With paragraphs: As a rule, ancient literary sources for military campaigns in Late Antiquity, even the most historically relevant ones, are smaller in number and poorer in quality when compared to say those available for the Punic Wars, or even for otherwise obscure clashes between Hellenistic rulers. IMO in the four first titles you mention there just aren't enough sources to provide enough detail for a proper narrative. Maybe Ammianus for Julian's Persian campaign of 363 AD, but the campaign itself is a bit anticlimactic. But Julian's campaigns in Gaul (with the battle of Strasbourg as the central set piece of the book) on the other hand would be doable. As for authors, Late Roman strategy was the subject of my MD thesis, later published with some comercial success, but I really don't have the time to work on a new book right now.
Posted on: 25/09/2013 12:38:00
Posted by: Gaiiten
Total Posts: 7
Joined Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009
So if I want to propose a title you may consider it? Even if I am a newbie?
Posted on: 25/09/2013 19:07:00
Posted by: Nightbird
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: Saturday, 4 January 2014
I support the proposal. Even if the book would be filled with padding, I would buy it.
Posted on: 26/09/2013 04:08:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
Total Posts: 51
Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
Perhaps Campaign titles are the wrong approach given the sparsity of the historical record? Elite or Warrior titles could examine the troops, visual and archaeological evidence being available, while what is known of the campaigns and battles would be woven into the text.
Posted on: 27/09/2013 10:19:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
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Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
Perhaps Campaign titles are the wrong approach given the sparsity of the historical record? Elite or Warrior titles could examine the troops, visual and archaeological evidence being available, while what is known of the campaigns and battles would be woven into the text.
Posted on: 27/09/2013 10:19:00
Posted by: william
Total Posts: 3
Joined Date: Wednesday, 28 January 2009
I agree, Scratchbuilder. Campaign wouldn't work. However, given that Men-at-Arms already covers quite a lot of this era and anyway focuses more on kit and weapons than battle, the new Combat series promises to offer a goodsolution.
Posted on: 27/09/2013 19:22:00
Posted by: Nightbird
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: Saturday, 4 January 2014
I might agree with scratchbuilder and William but still I hope I can see a CAM on Battle of the Catalaunian Plains 451AD with opposing commanders section and more available information on Hun army. The battle itself is obscure but the book can deal with whole Hun campaign along with said contents.
Posted on: 28/09/2013 07:51:00
Posted by: Gaiiten
Total Posts: 7
Joined Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009
Has Julian Apostata` Persian Campaign 363AD or the Siege of Amida 359AD not been well researched? We do have excellent sources in Ammianus Marcellinus. I have even been thinking to write a sourcebook myself.
Posted on: 28/09/2013 12:36:00
Posted by: william
Total Posts: 3
Joined Date: Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Thanks Galiten. We clearly need to have a proper look at Ammianus. If he offers enough as a core source, you could be in business.
Posted on: 28/09/2013 19:13:00
Posted by: Gaiiten
Total Posts: 7
Joined Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009
Are there instructions, how to write for Osprey and I would need to do for achieve Osprey`s quality standards?
Posted on: 28/09/2013 19:23:00
Posted by: sassan
Total Posts: 4
Joined Date: Friday, 17 February 2012
Julianus Persian Campaign is also recorded in detail in Zosimus.Many other authors gives us other informations about it.There is certainly enough information to make a campaign book from it.Even rebellion of Boudica already had its campaign title in spite of the fact much much less in known about it then about Campaigns of Julianus.I would be like if Julianus got two Campaign books-one about his German wars,second about his invasion to Persia.
Posted on: 29/09/2013 13:09:00
Posted by: sassan
Total Posts: 4
Joined Date: Friday, 17 February 2012
Julianus Persian Campaign is certainly described well enough to create a campaign book from it.Apart from Ammianus also Zosimus described this campaign in detail and many other authors gives other details.Even rebellion of Boudica already have a campaign book in spite of the fact much much less informations about this rebellion survaved then about campaigns of Julianus.I would like to have one campaign book about HIS German wars and the second about his invasion to Persia.
Posted on: 29/09/2013 15:04:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
Total Posts: 18
Joined Date: Friday, 10 May 2013
I don't know if these suggestions count, Dara, Belisarius' campaigns in Italy and north africa
Posted on: 30/09/2013 03:16:00

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