Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manualby Philip Matyszak
An insider's guide: how to join the Roman legions, wield a gladius, storm cities, and conquer the worldYour emperor needs you for the Roman army! The year is AD 100 and Rome stands supreme and unconquerable from the desert sands of Mesopotamia to the misty highlands of Caledonia. Yet the might of Rome rests completely on the armored shoulders of the/p>
An insider's guide: how to join the Roman legions, wield a gladius, storm cities, and conquer the worldYour emperor needs you for the Roman army! The year is AD 100 and Rome stands supreme and unconquerable from the desert sands of Mesopotamia to the misty highlands of Caledonia. Yet the might of Rome rests completely on the armored shoulders of the legionaries who hold back the barbarian hordes and push forward the frontiers of empire.
This carefully researched yet entertainingly nonacademic book tells you how to join the Roman legions, the best places to serve, and how to keep your armor from getting rusty. Learn to march under the eagles of Rome, from training, campaigns, and battle to the glory of a Roman Triumph and retirement with a pension plan. Every aspect of army life is discussed, from drill to diet, with handy tips on topics such as how to select the best boots or how to avoid being skewered by enemy spears. Combining the latest archaeological discoveries with the written records of those who actually saw the Roman legions in action, this book provides a vivid picture of what it meant to be a Roman legionary.
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Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St. John’s College, Oxford. His books include Legionary, Gladiator, Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day, The Classical Compendium, Chronicle of the Roman Republic, and The Greek and Roman Myths. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.
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A well written and easy to read book. Well suited to anyone looking for a book to get them interested in Roman history. The lack of any citations, notes, or bibliography left me questioning the author's sources for his claims on several occasions. I wish he had wrote this more in line with his other book, Rome on five Denarii a Day. Guiding us, the new recruits into the army as if we had just joined and revealing this new life to us. I dock it stars solely for this disappointment and the lack of documentation on his work, not for the quality of his writing.
I had read this book for a project in my Latin class. At first sight, its lengthy size was rather daunting. It seemed dull and unimaginative while it really was interesting and vibrant. The Humor doesn't hurt, either. -informational -interesting -humorous I would highly recommend this to any student of history, scholar of Latin, and person harboring the interest of the militant strategies of old.
Well organized, insightfully presented with a keen eye for the common soldier's plight, Dr Matyszak's wonderful little hardbound manual is a preferred substitute for reams of other source material. I loved it!
Seems to be very well written and historically accurate. Good illustrations. A very readable style. Very useful for quick and dirty lesson on the Roman Legionary. For those who are into this period, very good. It does not pretend to be a history of Rome or a political history.