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"The author is an expert on ancient Greek and Roman warfare and he draws on firsthand accounts of Tacitus, Agricola’s son-in-law." -www.mataka.org (October 2010)

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Dr Duncan B Campbell is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman warfare. He published his first paper in 1984, as an undergraduate at Glasgow University, and produced a complete re-assessment of Roman siegecraft for his Ph.D. His work has appeared in several international journals. He lives near the Antonine Wall in Scotland with his wife and son. The author lives in Scotland.
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  • Series: Campaign (Book 224)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846039266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846039263
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By lordhoot on July 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
It must have taken Osprey a lot of thought before they okay this project. Mons Graupius is a battle that culminated seven years of campaigning toward what is now modern Scotland. The primary source is the Roman historian Tacitus with few supporting sources of bits and pieces. The Roman commander, Gnaeus Julius Agricola is Tacitus's main subject matter in his histories. However, Tacitus himself wasn't what we would called a very exacting historian and there lies the problem.

However, I thought the author, Duncan Campbell did justice to this subject. While he does relied a lot on Tacitus, I believed he made many logical, educated and sometimes a leap of faith assumptions to filled in the blanks and there are a lot of "blank" that needed to be filled out before a book like this could be written. So what you will be reading is basically Duncan Campbell's take on this campaign and battle. He even got the battleground picked out you, a place in northeastern Scotland known in modern name of Bennachle. Battle of Mon Graupius was one of these "lost victories" where Romans won an overwhelming victory but didn't take advantage of it and ended up retreating down the British Isles in a slow but deliberate way.

The book come with nice maps and photos that helped the narrative. Many of the photos are those of reenactors in Roman outfits that help gives the reader a good idea what kind of men marched all the way up Scotland. (One photo looked like there is female reenactor in a Roman lorica segmentata armor.) There is very little information on the Celtics side. So the author basically took a page out of Celtic Warrior 101 and applied it here. Even the leader of Celtics isn't exactly known - Calgacus - is that a name or title? There are couple of battle maps in the usual Osprey style effects.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on October 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Romans vs. Scots - what could be more interesting? Scottish historian Duncan B Campbell attempts to harness this evocative image to drive forward into the unknown in assessing the Campaign of Mons Graupius AD 83 in Osprey's Campaign No. 224. This work is necessarily based on the ancient Roman historian Tacitus, who - for the unfamiliar - is a tough and frustrating read on the best of circumstances. Tacitus covered the campaign from the Roman side and did so in a manner that left many questions unanswered. The author has no sources to represent the Caledonian (Scottish) viewpoint. Nor can the author turn to modern battlefield archaeology for much help, since the actual battlefield has yet to be definitely identified although it is strongly suspected to be at Bennachie in Scotland. Adding to these layers of ambiguity and unknowns, the author's writing style is erudite but also a bit wandering and dull in the long lead-up to the battle. Overall, Mons Graupius is certainly better than a number of the other Osprey ancient warfare titles and the section on the battle itself is interesting, but at points the reader may feel smothered and gasping for air. Indeed, while the artwork and maps are very nice, the text appears better suited for a scholarly journal article rather than this type of format.

The author begins with a lengthy introduction and places the campaign in the context of the Roman desire to complete the conquest of Britain. Other than imperial expansion, there is no discussion on why Rome would commit such military resources to conquer an island with no real natural resources (Welsh coal not being a factor in the 1st Century AD) and not posing a direct threat to Rome.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nick on August 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book provides a clear and interesting account of the Roman conquest of what's now northern England and southern Scotland and Agricola's expedition further into Scotland. While I'm not familiar with the debate around the accuracy of Tacitus' account, on which the book is (unavoidably) heavily based, Duncan Campbell appears to have assessed it critically and provides a logical narrative of the campaign.

While many Osprey books struggle to fit into the standard structures which are dictated for the various series, the campaign series structure works well for this book. It opens with a good account of the background to the campaign and moves onto short chapters covering the opposing forces and commanders before moving into the coverage of the Roman operations. This is split into two chapters, with the first covering the Roman campaigns in Britain from AD 77 to AD 82 and the second covering the Battle of Mons Graupius. The book then concludes with a further two short chapters which discuss the events following the battle and what Campbell argues is the generally accepted location for where it took place. The length of each chapter felt about right, particularly given the limited sources, and the narrative is well illustrated with appropriate maps and other images.

Overall, Campbell presents a convincing account of Roman warfare in northern Britain and the factors which contributed to their success. It's unfortunate that greater detail isn't provided on the Caledonians, but the coverage is reasonable given the few reliable sources of infomation on the topic.
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