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"For nearly 1,000 years, Rome's army embodied the nation it protected and expanded. But beyond the battlefield, the Roman army was a fundamental social force as well, becoming the world's first fully compensated standing army and providing an essential career path for ambitious men of society. Written by a leading scholar of Roman military history, The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History is the first ever portrait of this legendary fighting force in peacetime and at war from a soldier's-eye view." Organized thematically, The Roman Army explores the army's history, culture, and organization, while providing fascinating details of the soldier's daily existence and of the army's interactions with citizens, politicians, and the inhabitants of conquered territories. The book also offers a look at historians at work, piecing together their understanding of army life by drawing on everything from Rome's rich historical and archaeological record to soldiers' personal correspondence to depictions of military subjects in literature and art.
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"Community learning librarian and experienced scholar Pat Southern presents The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History, an in-depth, comprehensive examination of a fighting force that lasted nearly 1,000 years … A glossary and index round out this fascinating, 'must-have' reference for military historians and scholars of the Roman empire."

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Wisconsin Bookwatch

"Southern has written the best general survey in English of the Roman army to appear in at least two decades. Highly recommended. Laymen, students, and scholars alike."

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Choice

"This volume is a scholarly look at the Roman army's history, culture, and organization, but is very accessible to high school students."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851097302
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/20/2005
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Southern has published nine books on the Roman army and on Roman history, including The Roman Cavalry (with Karen R. Dixon) and The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine. She has also written biographies of Mark Antony, Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Cleopatra. She lives in the UK.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Historical background 37
3 The Roman army 87
4 Culture of the Roman army 141
5 The Roman army at war 171
6 Tools of war 209
7 The late Roman army 245
8 Great soldiers and battles 267
9 Current assessment 323
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