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Quintus Sertorius and the Legacy of Sulla Hardcover – August, 1987

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Arkansas Pr; First Edition edition (August 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938626647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938626640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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When people think of the great generals of the Late Roman Republic, most think of Pompey The Great and Julius Caesar but there were other more obscure men who were just as great in their military prowess such as Lucullus. Another one of those men was Quintus Sertorius, the last Marian general who successfully repelled every commander sent against him in Spain for almost 12 years. Phillip Spann does a great job at bringing this facinating character out of obscurity: recounting his exploits and exploring what his true motives may have been.

Quintus Sertorius was a Sabine knight (equites) and a rather stoic man who tended to follow the path of moderation. He was extraordinarily brave and showed much endurance in war. While fighting the Teutones and Cimbri under Caepio, he was severly wounded, lost an eye, and still had enough strength to swim across the Rhone with his armor on. He also had a very strong affinity for nature and animals making his Celtic retinues in Spain see him as a man blessed by the gods. His greatest qualities would indeed be demonstrated in Spain where he came from Italy to escape from Sulla and form a resistance movement in 83 B.C. It was there that he would fight Sulla's forces led by Metellus and Pompey for the next 12 years. He outwitted his opponents with brilliant guerilla tactics all over Spain and Morrocco with a loyal following of Celtiberian and Mauretanian warriors who saw him as their new Hannibal. His military prowess continued until his death undiminished as he was eventually betrayed and assassinated by Marcus Perperna, his 'noble' co-commander who resented being surpassed in prestige and authority by a mere commoner.

The primary source on Sertorius is Plutarch and most of Spann's work is based on this narrative source.
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