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Michael Taylor discusses his ancient Roman war military history book “Soldiers & Silver” (University of Texas Press, 2020)

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Michael Taylor discusses his ancient Roman war military history book “Soldiers & Silver” (University of Texas Press, 2020)
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Michael Taylor is an assistant professor of history and holds a PhD in Greek and Roman hist
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Michael Taylor discusses his ancient Roman war military history book “Soldiers & Silver” (University of Texas Press, 2020)
Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/3qqbD4r
Interview Timeline
Michael Taylor is an assistant professor of history and holds a PhD in Greek and Roman history. He has also served as an officer in the California National Guard, with deployments to Iraq and Kosovo. He recently wrote a book on the finances of the Roman Republic and rival kingdoms and how they supported their military forces.
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1:05 – Michael talks about how he got into studying the Roman military.
2:10 – Michael talks about he focuses on the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC.
4:02 – Michael talks about Rome’s rivals in this period.
7:15 – Michael talks about the sort of militia systems the five big powers had.
11:38 – Michael talks about how these kingdoms prepared for wars.
16:22 – Michael talks about how poor Rome actually was during its wars.
22:05 – Michael talks about the types of governments among the Romans and their rivals.
29:58 – Michael talks about how the Hellenistic kingdoms negotiated peace treaties.
34:26 – Michael talks about outfitting these militaries and the big war machines.
38:27 – Michael talks about how weapons were distributed to soldiers.
40:31 – Michael talks about the maintenance of fleets and war elephants. He goes into details about the Roman rams that had been discovered about ten years ago.
43:38 – Michael talks about how much their budgets went into war.
46:13 – Michael talks about the resources he used for his research.
52:53 – Michael talks about Carthage.
54:57 – Michael talks about Carthage after the Punic Wars.
1:01:41 – Michael talks about some of the human tragedy found in the ancient world. He discusses the Roman slave trade.
1:06:54 – Michael touches on war and the trans-Atlantic African slavery.
1:14:26 – Michael’s work can be found on academia.edu/mtaylor and on twitter @drmichaeljtayl1.
Links of interest
https://amzn.to/3qqbD4r
https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/taylor-soldiers-and-silver
https://albany.academia.edu/MTaylor
https://twitter.com/drmichaeljtayl1
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For more “Military History Inside Out” please follow me at www.warscholar.org, on Facebook at warscholar, on twitter at Warscholar, on youtube at warscholar1945 and on Instagram @crisalvarezswarscholar. Or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify
Guests: Michael J. Taylor
Host: Cris Alvarez
Tags: Books, audio interviews, author, academic, podcast, University of Texas Press, Ancient history, Ancient war,
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