Triumph in Defeat: Military Loss and the Roman Republic

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"The numerous and serious defeats incurred by the famous Roman military machine during the Republic have for the most part been subsumed into a story-the Romans' story-of eventual success. Triumph in Defeat extricates the defeats from that powerful teleology and examines the response to defeat in the interval before victory, revealing thereby the constructedness of Rome's reputation for invincibility. It is a valuable contribution to our understanding of Rome's management of its empire." --Cynthia Damon, University of Pennsylvania "This stimulating and original work, situated at the intersection of narratology and military history, argues that defeat played a vital role in the senate's-senatorial historians'-construction of victory during the middle Republic. It offers a provocative new perspective on lost battles in Roman memory and Latin historiography as well as Republican imperialism." --Nathan Rosenstein, The Ohio State University


Most importantly, Clark has managed to prove what generations before her have failed to see: that the ways in which Rome countered military loss were just as important as how they celebrated their victories. Her book has placed Roman defeats on the scholarly agenda and the topic is here to stay. ( Ida Östenberg, Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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