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War and warfare indelibly shaped the Roman Republic's political practices from those earliest times in which consuls, praetors, and dictators were the state's military leaders down to such later innovations as prorogation or the special commands of Sulla, Pompey, or Caesar that were eventually to form the basis of the emperors' "constitutional" position. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which represents a cross-section of ongoing work that seeks to illustrate how current trends in ancient military studies are playing out. The book focuses on a broad chronological and geographical spectrum, from the Ancient Near East to the Roman Republic. It also presents vibrancy of ancient military studies and a growing body of work about warfare in antiquity.

Keywords: ancient military studies; antiquity; Roman Republic; warfare

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