I loved the inherent romanticism of this book. Any author that name checks David Gemmell in a work of history gets my vote! The chapters on superstition and single combat cheerfully undermine the thoughtless conformism of wargames rules and bad 'Roman' fiction. I found the stuff on 'devotio' the most intereting. I managed to get through a classical education and a 35 year interest in the wars of ancient Rome without knowing of this. Essentially, early Roman generals sometimes sacrificed themselves in single handed charges to guarantee divine backing for a victory. One military family even had a tradition of it! A real WOW factor, crisply written and very engaging prose. I wish it was twice as long.