Overrated empire?

From: Andrew Barton <AndrewBarton_at_compuserve.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 05:10:31 -0500

> The logistical

problems of large armies were a lot worse back then, and they aren't easy now. 2000 men is already starting to be a large army.

The late Republican and early Imperial Romans fielded forces of four legions plus auxiliaries (40,000 men or so) fairly routinely. Larger forces, like the eight legions sent to conquer Dacia, seem to have needed greater logistic effort - in many if not all cases requiring a suitable river to allow water transport.

Another limit on force size was that if you gave a single leader too great a fraction of the legions, he might decide to use it to seize power and worry about the external threat afterwards. Would that be a factor for the Lunars?


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