The Roman Army: The Greatest War Machine of the Ancient World

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"áThereupon the armies approached each other, the barbarians with much shouting, mingled with menacing battle songs, but the Romans silently and in order until they came within a javelin throw of the enemy. Then, while their foes were still advancing against them at a walk, the Romans rushed forward at a signal and charged at full speed, and when the clash came, easily broke through the opposing ranks.'" The image of the Roman legionary is as familiar today as it was to the citizens - and enemies - of the vast Roman Empire two thousand years ago. ...

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Overview

"áThereupon the armies approached each other, the barbarians with much shouting, mingled with menacing battle songs, but the Romans silently and in order until they came within a javelin throw of the enemy. Then, while their foes were still advancing against them at a walk, the Romans rushed forward at a signal and charged at full speed, and when the clash came, easily broke through the opposing ranks.'" The image of the Roman legionary is as familiar today as it was to the citizens - and enemies - of the vast Roman Empire two thousand years ago. This book goes beyond the stereotypes found in popular culture to examine the Roman Army from the first armed citizens of the early Republic through the glorious heights of the Imperial legions to the shameful defeats inflicted upon the late Roman Army by the Goths and Huns. Tracing the development of tactics, equipment and training, this work provides a detailed insight into the military force that enabled Rome to become the greatest empire the world has ever seen. As well as describing the changes in the army over the centuries, The Roman Army also sheds light on the talented men who led these soldiers in battle and the momentous battles fought, including Cannae, Pharsalus, and Adrianople. Illustrated with detailed maps, artwork and photographs, this volume provides a complete reference to the Roman Army from the 8th century BC to the period after the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD.

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"As with all of Osprey's books, this one is full of detailed drawing and maps to enable the reader to easily follow the army's progress from its humble birth to its transformation into the stuff of legend." - Military Heritage, December 2010

"This book is a must for anyone interested in ancient history. And, best of all, while the original hardcover copy was reviewed here, an even cheaper paperback edition was released in 2012!"
- Toy Soldier & Model Figure (May 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849081627
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: General Military Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,392,416
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris McNab is an author and editor. To date he has published over 25 books, including Twentieth Century Small Arms (2001), Gunfighters -The Outlaws and their weapons (2005, contributing editor), The Personal Security Handbook (2003), The Encyclopedia of Combat Techniques (2002) and The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War (2000). He is the co-author of Tools of Violence (2008) and has recently completed Deadly Force (2009) and A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), all for Osprey. Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, including African-American Biographies (2006), USA 1950s (2006) and Reformation, Exploration and Empire (2005), and has contributed to The Times on the war in Iraq.

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Table of Contents

Chronology 6

Introduction 12

The Early Republican Army, 753-146 BC 14

The Army of the Late Republic, 146-27 BC 78

The Earlier Roman Empire, 27 BC-c. AD 200 140

The Later Roman Empire, AD 200-6th Century 204

Afterword 263

Further Reading 266

Index 271

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