The Complete Roman Army

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“An outstanding general study of the Roman military system. . . . The best one-volume treatment of the subject now in existence.”—Historian
The Roman army was one of the most successful fighting forces in history. Its organization and tactics were highly advanced and were unequaled until the modern era. Spectacular monuments to its perseverance and engineering skill are still visible today, most notably Hadrian’s Wall and the siegeworks around the fortress of Masada.
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Overview

“An outstanding general study of the Roman military system. . . . The best one-volume treatment of the subject now in existence.”—Historian
The Roman army was one of the most successful fighting forces in history. Its organization and tactics were highly advanced and were unequaled until the modern era. Spectacular monuments to its perseverance and engineering skill are still visible today, most notably Hadrian’s Wall and the siegeworks around the fortress of Masada.
This book is the first to examine in detail not just the early imperial army but also the citizens’ militia of the Republic and the army of the later Empire. The unprecedented scope and longevity of Roman military success is placed in the context of ordinary soldiers’ daily lives, whether spent in the quiet routine of a peaceful garrison or in arduous campaign and violent combat. Key battles and tactics are described, and there are brief biographies of the great commanders.
Drawing on archaeology, ancient art, and original documentary sources, this book presents the most convincing history ever published of the Roman army.
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“If you or someone you love has an interest in Rome, ancient history, or military history, this would make an excellent gift come Christmas.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500288993
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Series: Complete Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 332,718
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy is an English historian whose publications include The Roman Army at War: 100 BC-AD 200, The Complete Roman Army, Roman Warfare, The Punic Wars, and Cannae.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Brief Survey of Roman History 6
Chronology of Rome's Wars 10
Map: The Rise of the Roman Empire 14
I The Republican Army
The Origins of the Roman Army 20
The 'Polybian' Legion 26
The Roman Navy 34
The Militia Army: Triumphs and Decline 43
II The Professional Army
The Post-Marian Roman Army 46
The Army of the Principate 50
Senatorial Officers under the Principate 60
Equestrian Officers under the Principate 64
Other Officers: The Centurionate and Below 68
III The Life of a Roman Soldier
Joining the Roman Army 76
Daily Routine 82
The Rewards of Service 94
Off Duty 102
Religion 108
After Service 114
Equipment 118
Peacetime Duties 142
Frontiers 152
IV The Army at War
On Campaign 164
Battle 174
Siege 186
V The Army of Late Antiquity
Changes in the Late Roman Army 200
Soldiers and Warfare in Late Antiquity 208
Glossary 215
Further Reading 217
Illustration Credits 219
Acknowledgments 219
Index 220
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2004

    Excellent book

    This is a fantastic book for those interested in Roman military history. It provides a great deal of information on the life of a Roman soldier, covering everything from recruitment to retirement. It makes excellent use of pictures, illustrations, and commentaries. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2007

    Amazing- a must for anyone interested in the Romans!

    i got this book as a gift, and since then it has been my handbook to the Roman army.... clear, informative, interesting... its a must- have!

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