London ; Portland, Or. : Vallentine Mitchell, 2010.
Book — 1 online resource (xxvi, 303 pages) : maps
The high price of failure : Crassus and the Parthians
The Parthian response
The campaigns of Antony
The diplomatic solution : Augustus and Tiberius
The campaigns of Corbulo and the Neronian settlement
Trajan's Parthian adventure : with some modern caveats
From Hadrian to Caracalla
What did the Romans know, and when did they know it?
The cost of war and empire
Conclusion : blind into Babylon.
The leader of an empire invades Iraq. He has inadequate intelligence and underestimates the resistance of the locals, but he believes his overwhelming military strength will bring him a swift victory. His army overruns the area between the Tigris and the Euphrates, but as soon as he occupies the area a massive insurgency arises, made up of various ethnic and religious groups. What began as a simple conquest for dominance bogs down in deadly fighting as the once-victorious commander-in-chief now desperately searches for an exit strategy ... This scenario could be any number of Roman campaigns,