The Complete Roman Army Hardcover – 15 Sep 2003
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If you or someone you love has an interest in Rome, ancient history, or military history, this would make an excellent gift come Christmas. " --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Adrian Goldsworthy studied at Oxford University. His publications include Roman Warfare, The PunicWars and Cannae.
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The text is very good like always with Adrian Goldsworthy, although there`s not much new. So there`s plenty of room for another basic book about roman army, this book won`t fill the need. The "dream book" about roman army would be in my mind a combination of Peter Connolly`s illustrations, Daniel Peterson "Roman Legions Recreated in Coulour Photographs" style photos and Adrian Goldsworthy`s writing. We are still waiting for a "Complete Roman Army".
For the first few centuries, the Roman Army was essentially a citizens' militia, drawn from the landed classes (largely farmers for the infantry) and commanded by the patrician aristocracy in the Senate. They were not particularly well organized, rushing into battle to establish heroic honor, much like the soldiers of Alexander. But there were differences that survived for a millenium: Rome always fought to win instead of seeking tactical advantage and, rather than subjugating conquered peoples, they attempted to coop them, first by leaving their elites in charge and then by employing them as foot soldiers.
As Rome consolidated her hold over central and southern Italy, her armies also began to organize themselves into larger units, particularly after the city was occupied by the Celts. In the first excursion outside of Italy (to Sicily to fight Carthage), Rome developed a navy, which they rebuilt several times with relentless determination.Read more ›
Sadly battle maps and graphics are very rudimentary.
Too expensive for what one gets.
The book is divided into three sections. The Early Army, from the founding of Rome to the Legionary. The Proffesional Army, from Marian to the Batlle of Adrianople, and the Army of Late Antiquity. The ill fated army that fought at the collapse of the western empire. In fact, it is essentiall to note that the Byzantine Empire hardly gets a mention in the works, although most intrepid historians should start off with the 'tradditional' roman solider. Each section is divided into sub-chapters, detailing things such as seige and the average soldier's working life.
To conclude, a great book that you will treasure, mostly because of it's hefty price tag.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was sold at a very good price and was posted out quickly - thank you!Published 6 months ago by DR ROBERT BATES
Excellent starting point for anyone interested in the evolution of the Roman Army.Published 9 months ago by ROBERT NEIL SMITH
Studying ancient history and in particular the Roman army this book is incredible. A clear concise overview written in plain language. Fantastic.Published on 1 Feb. 2014 by Charlotte Jackson
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