In 102 BC, at the gates of Aix en Provence, in the current village of Pourrières, ROME committed his first professional army to save its civilization.
This battle is to this day, the shortest and the bloodiest battle that occurred in France. In less than a day, in a single combat, nearly 200,000 individuals have been killed, at a time where only hand held weapon and close combat allowed triumphing.
Prefaced by Jean COURTIN, archaeologist, Director of research at the CNRS
This book describes how our European ancestors lost their culture and their traditions because a handful of Greeks from Phocaea founded Massalia, the current Marseille in 600 BC.
How in the five centuries that followed the face of the Western world will be profoundly modified.
How military operations have built the foundations of our civilization.
And finally, how the trade and the Pythagoreans brotherhood played a decisive role in the structuring of a new Europe!
Preface by Claude Bouville, anthropologist, Director of research at the CNRS
We are proud to announce that the latest book of Dr Philip Matysak ‘SERTORIUS AND THE STRUGGLE FOR SPAIN’ use my photos and the research work of AERA to illustrate his book. A special thank to Jasper Oorthuys editor in chief of ANCIENT WARFARE that made it possible.
When after a brutal civil war, the dictator Sulla took power in Rome (82 BC), among the many who refused to accept his rule was a young officer called Quintus Sertorius. Sertorius fled, first to Africa and then to Spain, where he made common cause with the native people who had been savagely oppressed by a succession of corrupt Roman governors. Discovering a genius for guerilla warfare, Sertorius came close to driving the Romans out of Spain altogether.
Rome responded by sending reinforcements under the control of the up-and-coming young general Gnaeus Pompey (later Pompey the Great). The epic struggle which followed between these two great commanders is a masterclass of ancient strategy and tactical manoeuvre. Massively outnumbered, Sertorius remained undefeated on the battlefield, but was eventually assassinated by jealous subordinate, none of whom proved a match for Pompey.
This proved the decisive end of the struggle for Spain, though recalcitrant tribes held out until the time of Augustus.
Dr Philip ‘Maty’ Matyzak holds a doctorate in ancient history from St John College Oxford University, and has been studying, teaching and writing on the subject for over twenty years. He specializes in the history of Classical Greece and the Late Republic and Early Imperial periods of Rome.
Maty has a personal military experience both as a conscript in Rhodesia and with the Territorial Army in Britain. These days he splits his time between writing in his home in Canada’s Monashee Mountains and providing e-learning courses for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education.