Random wrote:I do not really think that the Roman's ever really ceased campaigning and like Vaalen writes, the armies of the Republic were pretty much deployed from mobilization to war's end. This actually contributed to the downfall of the Republic since citizen-soldiers serving in the Legions could lose their farms to the wealthy patrician class while away on their service and then would become part of the urban poor or take up as criminals after hostilities ceased.
Just reading Carthage Mvst Be Destroyed by Richard Miles and there certainly does not appear to be anything resembling the "winter quarters" that became doctrinal to early gunpowder armies. Indeed, the Battle of Trebia was fought on the winter solstice and it was unique and had seen considerable manoeuvring on both sides up to and after the battle itself.
Winter slows things down and increases attrition but I think that the overall effect is representative of strategic combat at that time and place. Also, sea movement in the winter is very risky and even the AI can succumb to naval disaster in winter.
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