Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus =======Image-Copyright-Info======== License: Creative. Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus (4th century, possibly into the 5th), commonly referred to simply as Vegetius, was a writer of the Later Roman Empire. Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, commonly referred to simply as Vegetius, was a writer of the Later Roman Empire (late 4th century). Nothing is known of his.


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Amplius iuuat uirtus quam multitudo.


A general is not easily overcome who can form a true judgment of his own and flavius vegetius renatus enemy's forces.

Valour is superior to numbers. The nature of the ground is often of more consequence than courage.


General Maxims Paucos uiros fortes natura procreat; bona institutione plures reddit industria. Few men are born brave; many become so through care and force of discipline. General Maxims Numquam flavius vegetius renatus certamen publicum produxeris militem, nisi cum eum uideris sperare uictoriam.

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

An army is strengthened by labor and enervated by idleness. Troops are not to be led to battle unless confident of success.


General Maxims Qui frumentum necessariaque non flavius vegetius renatus, uincitur sine ferro. Impedimenta, the encumbrance of supply trains and support people and materiel, impedes the ability of an army or organization to move about the strategic space in a nimble, flexible manner.

Donald Rumsfeld, George W. First revered for his experience, then beleaguered, and finally flavius vegetius renatus down by events in Iraq, Rumsfeld was no doubt proven right as far as the right-sizing of an invasion force. It was there that a second war commenced in the form of insurgency.

A strategy of invasion against a traditional defending army and that of an occupation in the midst of insurgency are two different things. See my section on Metaphors flavius vegetius renatus Frames of Mind for more on this.

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Quotes from Vegetius follow: Its bulk makes it slow and unwieldy in its motions; flavius vegetius renatus as it is obliged to march in columns of great length, it is exposed to the risk of being continually harassed and insulted by inconsiderable parties of the enemy.

The encumbrance of the baggage is an occasion of flavius vegetius renatus being surprised in its passage through difficult places or over rivers.

The difficulty of providing forage for such numbers of horses and other beasts is very great. They had also traveling workshops in which they made shields, cuirasses, helmets, bows, arrows, javelins and offensive and defensive arms of all kinds.

The ancients made it their chief care to have every thing for the service of the army within the camp. They even had a body of miners who, by working under ground and piercing the foundations of walls, according to the practice of the Beffi, penetrated into the body of a place.

It is the nature of war that what is beneficial to you is detrimental to the enemy and what is of service to him always hurts you.

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It is much better to overcome the enemy by famine, surprise or terror than by general actions, flavius vegetius renatus in the flavius vegetius renatus instance fortune has often a greater share than valor. Those designs are best which the enemy are entirely ignorant of till the moment of execution.

Opportunity in war is often more to be depended on than courage.

A German translation by Ludwig Hohenwang appeared at Ulm in Stewechius' opinion that the survival of Vegetius' work led to the loss of his named sources flavius vegetius renatus more typical of the late Renaissance.

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