Roman Warfare

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Roman Warfare surveys the history of Rome's fighting forces from their inception in the seventh century BCE to the fall of the Western Empire in the fifth century CE. In nontechnical, lively language, Jonathan P. Roth examines the evolution of Roman warfare over its thousand-year history. He highlights the changing arms and equipment of the soldiers, unit organization and command structure, and the war and battles of each era. The military narrative is used as a context for Rome's changing tactics and strategy and to discuss combat techniques, logistics, and other elements of Roman war. Political, social, and economic factors arc also considered.

Full of detail, up to date on current scholarly debates, and richly illustrated with halftones and color plates, Roman Warfare is intended for students of the ancient world and military history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521537261
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2009
  • Series: Cambridge Introduction to Roman Civilization Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 800,208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan P. Roth is professor of history at San Jose State University. A scholar of Roman military history, he is the author of The Logistics of the Roman Army at War.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction Sources and Methods 1

1 The Wars of Early Rome (Beginnings to 343 BCE) 7

2 The Conquest of Italy (343-264 BCE) 25

3 The Army's Greatest Challenge: The Punic Wars (264-202 BCE) 39

4 The Army in Republican Society 59

5 Rome's Army Wins an Empire (202-133 BCE) 73

6 The Transformation of the Army (133-64 BCE) 87

7 Caesar's Wars (64-44 BCE) 105

8 Death Throes of the Republic (44-30 BCE) 119

9 Augustus' New Army 133

10 Conquests of the Imperial Army (30 BCE-68 CE) 151

11 The Imperial Army as Society 171

12 War and the Roman Peace (68-191 CE) 191

13 Rome Struggles for Survival (191-285 CE) 213

14 Rome Fights Back (285-378 CE) 231

15 Half an Empire Falls (378-476 CE) 249

Timeline 267

Glossary 279

Glossary of People 287

Bibliography 295

Index 303

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