Thursday, January 16, 2003

In an interesting reference in last night's lecture, Dr. Fagan mentioned that the Romans adopted the design for their marching camp from Pyrrhus. But Plutarch states in his biography of Pyrrhus:

" When he saw the Roman camp (at the battle of Heraclea), Pyrrhus was amazed by its high level of organization and discipline. That changed his mind about waiting for the allies. But the Romans wanted to fight before the allies arrived, so Pyrrhus was compelled to do battle."

So, I wonder what the Romans saw of Pyrrhus' camp that they wanted to emulate?