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The Making of the Roman Army explores how a small citizen militia guarding a village on the banks of the Tiber evolved into the professional Roman army. Lawrence Keppie pays particular attention to the transitional period between Republic and Empire - the time of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Augustus. Keppie overcomes the traditional dichotomy between a historical view of the Republic and an archaeological approach to the Empire by making the most of the often overlooked archaeological evidence from the earlier years.

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Examines the evolution of the Roman army from a small citizen militia guarding a village on the banks of the Tiber to a formidable professional army in the mid-first century AD. First published in 1948 by B.T. Batsford, with a 1987 revision and reprints in 1988 and 1991; this new edition includes a new preface and an updated bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806130149
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 695,543
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Keppie is Reader in Roman Archaeology at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow. He is the author of Understanding Roman Inscriptions, Scotland?s Roman Remains, and a forthcoming book on the Roman Army in the Early Empire.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
List of Plates and Line Illustrations 5
Preface (1998) 8
Introduction 11
1 The Army of the Roman Republic 14
2 Marius' Mules 57
3 Caesar's Conquest of Gaul 80
4 Civil War 103
5 The Emergence of the Imperial Legions 132
6 The Age of Augustus 145
7 The Army of the Early Roman Empire 172
App. 1 The Civil War Legions 199
App. 2 The Origin and Early History of the Imperial Legions 205
App. 3 New Legions Raised During the Early Empire 213
App. 4 Legions Destroyed, or Disbanded 214
App. 5 Glossary of Military and Technical Terms 216
App. 6: Last of Dates 220
App. 7: Notes on the Plates 223
Notes and References 235
List of Abbreviations 244
Bibliography 246
Index 260
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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Recommended as an overview of transformation over time.

    Not "another" book about battles and tactics,there are too many of them already. Rather this book traces the development of institutions and traditions starting with a local militia in ca 570 BC to guard a village on the Tiber (Rome) to the chaos of the transition from Republic to Empire (47BC-14AD) Well laced with names of men and of places and supplemented by informative Appendices, a Glossary, and extensive notes, reference list and bibliography, the book will please those who want a coherent story but begin to look for more detail.

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