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Posted by: Amaral A 46:44 min documentary
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Posted on: 07/08/2014 17:37:00

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Posted by: xeneize
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Rome was ready to pay the price of wars, in two years against Hannibal, Rome did lost 100,000 soldiers, but didn`t give up, this losses is if today USA lost 5 millón of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, they lost less than 8 thousands and run away.
Posted on: 10/08/2014 01:57:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
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The roman military could afford to take losses, their manpower reserves were always their main strength in times of war, the 2nd punic war is a good example of that.



Even though they lost 100,000 men in italy against hannibal, they still had the manpower to open the decisive second front in spain
Posted on: 10/08/2014 15:44:00
Posted by: sassan
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"The roman military could afford to take loses, their manpower reserves were always their main strength"



Not always.What you wrote is applicable only on some periods in Roman military history but not for all eras.
Posted on: 10/08/2014 18:55:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
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Well sassan, the Romans during the time of the republic and early imperial era had plenty of manpower but towards the 4th and 5th century AD that manpower had effectively dried up with the loss of territory and taxes to maintain them.
Posted on: 14/08/2014 09:57:00
Posted by: sassan
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Exactly as I said -they could not always relied on unlimited reservoir of their manpower.That they have problems with soldier replacement in late antiquity is more complex thing with many reasons but loss of territory is definitely not among those reasons.During majority of late antiquity Roman state controled much bigger territory than during Republic or during Punic wars.
Posted on: 14/08/2014 15:06:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
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The constant civil wars from the 3rd-5th centuries did not help matters either
Posted on: 14/08/2014 21:23:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
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The depopulating plagues of the third century AD, probably had the worst effect. They not only caused a severe shortage of military recruits, but also limited agriculture and reduced the tax base on an already overstrained economy.
Posted on: 16/08/2014 11:49:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
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which in turn weakens Rome as her enemies get stronger
Posted on: 16/08/2014 15:12:00

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