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Adrian Goldsworthy
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19 Aug 2004 Phoenix Press

The Roman army was one of the most effective fighting forces in history. The legions and their commanders carved out an empire which eventually included the greater part of the known world. This was thanks largely to the generals who led the Roman army to victory after victory, and whose strategic and tactical decisions shaped the course of several centuries of warfare.

This book, by the author of THE PUNIC WARS, concentrates on those Roman generals who displayed exceptional gifts of leadership and who won the greatest victories. With 26 chapters covering the entire span of the Roman Empire, it is a complete history of Roman warfare.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (19 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753817896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753817896
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 12.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, including THE FALL OF THE WEST, CAESAR, IN THE NAME OF ROME, CANNAE and ROMAN WARFARE, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.

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'Here is a highly readable compendium of military experience; Goldsworthy knows his material inside out, and he concentrates on key episodes in the campaign of outstanding Roman commanders... This is a rewarding study of the luck and judgement of powerful men, and how they put it to use in the service of Rome's imperium.' (HISTORY TODAY (Nov 2003))

'Goldsworthy's study of these commanders is thoroughly researched, and authoritative. He is lucid in his exposition and narrative. The result is a book which academics will value and which nevertheless must appeal to anyone interested in the art of war and the making and defence of the Roman Empire. I found it absorbing, the best book I know on the Roman army and its commanders.' (Alan Massie THE SPECTATOR (22 Nov 03)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The complete and definitive history of how Roman generals carved out the greatest and longest-lasting empire the world has ever seen.

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent chronicle! 30 Dec 2003
In the Name of Rome chronicles the major periods throughout Roman history, from early republic to late empire. Goldsworthy does this in a series of sections, each devoted to a particular period.
The writing itself is detailed, yet it does not bombard the reader with too much information. The text is indeed saturated, but reading it is a pleasure. The diagrams which intersperse the text are informative, and easy to comprehend.
A word or two about the content is also necessary to highlight why In the Name of Rome is such an excellent book in general, and as a resource.
Goldsworthy blends the actual happenings of the campaigns with the political background, giving a wide overall picture of the "climate" at the time.
These are all important traits for any book. In the Name of Rome is special, in my mind, because of its versatility and accessability. It can be read by anyone, for almost any purpose, be it for study of for pleasure.
For those with an interest in this period of history or for those studying the Roman Republic and Empire then I would definitely recommend this title.
I hope this has been of use - cheers, Simmo.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Name of Rome! 24 Feb 2011
This is an excellent book that gives you a complete overview of the Roman Empire detailing the generals who commanded the legions from Scipio Africanus to Caesar. It gives information about specific battles, where they occurred, the landscape, geography and how these charasmatic men won them and why.

Additionally it gives you information about the people they fought such as Hannibal and the campaigns against him. If you are interested in Roman history then you are sure to enjoy this book thats written in a way that helps make learning history easy (its not suffy academic stuff) and goes to the sixth century!

As History Today says its, Here is a highly readable compedium of military experience; Goldsworthy knows his material inside out. It's a great book packed with all kinds of useful information!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The book contains everything that one wants to know about the leadership of the imperial or republican Roman army; from formations of the legions to the training practises of each military unit of the day. The book is set in chapters in chronological order with each chapter about a famous general of the time (from Fabius Maximus 'the delayer' circa 200BC to General Belisarius circa 500AD). Though in each chapter Goldsworthy describes their triumphs and notable failures to trace the evolution of the Roman Army with supporting references from Livy and Plutarch rather than decribing their entire careers. Goldsworthy also successfully describes famous battles and wars such as the battle of Anctuim or the Punic wars against Carthage in terms of tactics and politics, this is a rare acheivement. Raise the 'gladii' to Adrian Goldsworthy, this is his 'Spolia Opima'!
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Despite exceeding 400 pages, covering some 800 years of Roman history through a series of 15 chapters (plus the 16th, which is a conclusion on the legacy of these generals), this is barely enough to cover the topic, and another 400 pages could have been easily added. Nevertheless, Adrian Goldsworthy has done a wonderful job here and managed to present a clear, concise and well-researched collection of vignettes summarizing the main achievements of his selection of generals.

A close look at his selection will show, however, that this is a bit biaised towards the generals of the Republic (9) as opposed to the generals of the Empire (only 6 mentioned, and one of these is Belisarius). This is were you need to look carefully at the book's subtitle: it's about "The Men Who Won the Roman Empire", so this may explain why a number of Imperial generals (who were mostly also Emperors) are missing, such as Septimus Severus, Aurelian or Constantine, to name but three. However, the presence of others, such as Corbulo or, even more so, of Julian in Gaul, is more surprising, if only because they did not exactly "win the Roman Empire", or add to it, especially not Julian. Other, less well known defenders of the Empire who did at least as well as Julian, such as Galerius (colleague of Diocletian) or Valentinian (successor of Julian and Jovien), could also have deserved a place. Finally, there is at least one glaring omission in the list of Republican generals: Marius gets a full chapter but Sylla, who was probably the better general of the two, is barely mentioned and does not make it to the A-list. Rather strange...

It is for these omissions and inconsistencies in treatment, which were probably at least in part the result of some difficult choices related to space constraints that this book gets 4 stars, instead of the 5 that it would have otherwise deserved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GENERALS OF ROME 25 Nov 2013
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This is a work for anyone remotely interested in Rome and her Armies. Adrian Goldsworthy is to my mind one of the leading historians today. This work is a must reed.
The perfect companion to this excellent work, is the ROMA VICTRIX beaker. In his review Adrian says:
Over each scene is a profile of Vespasian, much like a coin - the centurion and his chums have shields with the Capricorn on them based on the Arch at Arausio, and plausibly interpreted as belonging to Legio II Augusta, which of course Vespasian commanded in AD 43. The designers have done their research well and got things right. ALL IN ALL A VERY HANDSOME AND WELL MADE PIECE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into the abilities of Romes leading generals
A great insight into the lives and abilities of some of Romes leading generals. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and found it as gripping as some of the better fictions... Read more
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I've read two Adrian Goldsworthy books on Rome now (the other one being Caesar) and thoroughly enjoyed them both. Will probably buy more.
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Having read four of Goldsworthy's histories to date, I liked this and his biography of Caesar best of all.

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