The Roman Army of the Punic Wars 264-146 BC

The Roman Army of the Punic Wars 264-146 BC

by Nic Fields
     
 

Long before the Second Punic War (218 - 201 BC), Rome's influence extended no further than the Alps, and the wars that it fought consisted of small-scale raids and cattle rustling, with perhaps the occasional battle between armies.

Nevertheless, within a century the seeds of an empire had been sown in Iberia, Africa, and the Greek east, and the Roman Republican

Overview

Long before the Second Punic War (218 - 201 BC), Rome's influence extended no further than the Alps, and the wars that it fought consisted of small-scale raids and cattle rustling, with perhaps the occasional battle between armies.

Nevertheless, within a century the seeds of an empire had been sown in Iberia, Africa, and the Greek east, and the Roman Republican army became the most successful of its day, establishing standards of discipline, organization, and efficiency that set a bench mark for the later armies of Rome.

With the evolution of the Roman Republic came the adoption of the Manipular legion, a formation taken from the hoplite phalanx and first used in mass deployment against the North African nation of Carthage, during the Punic Wars.

In this book Nic Fields examines the evolution of the Roman army from its defeat at Cannae through to their final success at Zama which saw a small city-based force evolve into a Mediterranean powerhouse, demonstrating how and why it became the most highly organized, sophisticated force in the ancient world.

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From the Publisher

“Osprey's Battle Orders series has proved a highly informative innovation, given how critical to any substantive understanding of campaigns and battles is a knowledge of the detailed strengths and organisation of an army.” —Military Illustrated on the the Battle Orders series

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846031458
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Series:
Battle Orders Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.23(d)

Meet the Author


Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the military, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher. The author lives in France.

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