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For the Glory of Rome: A History of Warriors and Warfare Hardcover – 15 May 2007

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  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1853677337
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1853677335
  • Product Dimensions : 15.57 x 2.39 x 23.5 cm
  • Publisher : Greenhill Books; annotated edition (15 May 2007)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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This book builds an eye opening picture of the true Soldier of Rome from the Republic to the late Empire...very well written and readable...I can recommend this book even if you do not have a direct interest in the Roman army as it is a good read for anyone with an interest in widening their knowledge of Roman history. --Military Modelcraft International, January 2009


This work presents a thrilling survey of the Roman warrior. It explores the contradiction of the 'cultured' warrior. It is written by a noted classicist. Ancient Rome was uniquely bellicose. Her legions marched out to war every year and the fury of legionaries in combat was terrible. Officers and common soldiers gloried in single combat, taking heads and despoiling their enemies. Long before the Vikings emerged, Roman warriors were discarding their armour to fight berserk and bare-chested in battle, going so far as to maul opponents with their bare teeth and sometimes even drinking their blood. Generals would occasionally perform the act of devotio - sacrificing themselves to the gods of the Underworld - to secure victory. Yet these same warriors read philosophy, wrote history and recited poetry. Singing, too, was popular - in battle as much as elsewhere. At Pharsalus in 48 BC, where Julius Caesar routed his rival Pompey the Great, his more psychotic legionaries sang gleefully as they killed. Regimental anthems were popular, but at Pharsalus lyrical pronouncements on the parentage of your opponent, virtue of his mother, and reputation of his city were most prominent.

"For the Glory of Rome" introduces the heroic, sometimes contradictory, and utterly ruthless men who carved out the Roman Empire. It features men like Siccius Dentatus, victor of eight single combats; Decius Mus, the consul who charged into the midst of the enemy at Sentinum to 'devote' himself to the gods; Claudius Marcellus, the last Roman to dedicate the spoils of honour to Jupiter; and Ennius, centurion and epic poet.

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