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on 10 December 2012
In this volumes Messrs Pollard and Perry have produced exactly what it says 'on the tin' - a complete history of the legions of Rome, the professional soldiers that won and maintained the Roman empire. It also makes a superb counterpoint to the rubbish published elsewhere on this subject by a certain Australian. This is how a book on the Roman legions should look and be arranged. It is quite clear that a considerable amount of scholarship has gone into the assembly.

One really interesting thing about this book, however, is the inclusion of information on the legions of both the Republican Roman state as well as those of the late empire, the so-called 'Tetrarchy'. To be sure, there isn't too much known about these other periods, but what there is deserves to be brought forward and the authors have done an excellent job of doing just that.

Another aspect that I found to be particularly useful and interesting is the way that the various Imperial legions have been dealt with. Instead of a mere listing in 'numerical' order (not much use, owing to the repeated use of the same number, e.g. there were at least five legions that carried the numeral 'I'), the various legions have been grouped together under the provinces in which they spent most of their service lives. To be sure, information has also been included when a legion was moved to another province but this seemed to have been a comparatively rare occurrence. Thus legio II Augusta spent most of its time in the province of Britannia, so that is where it will be found here but also included under this entry is the fact that it served in Spain and Gaul. Likewise, the bibliography has been similarly arranged, which saves searching amongst reams of references if all you want is some information on (say) legio I Minerva.

The book is also beautifully illustrated, the majority of which are in colour. Many of these illustrations were new to me. Also, lest you think that the work is merely a catalogue of the legions, the authors have included useful information on the organizational structure of the legions and their battle tactics.

I would unhesitatingly recommend this volume to anyone with an interest in the Roman Army. I think that it may become the standard reference work on the subject for many years to come.
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on 4 April 2013
Professionally and expertly composed and presented.
I found it fascinating. The subject matter well explained and conjecture separated from known facts.
Highly recommended.
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on 25 December 2015
As I am history lover since childhood. This is my favourite ancient Romans history with understanding of their professional military's tactical power and skill. Interestingly, Roman fighting and defence tactic was influential forerunner of today world army and police forces defence tactics.

Worth recommended buy and read!
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on 3 May 2014
My grandchildren will soon be learning about the Romans at school.I had hoped this book would help them. When I browsed through it myself I was very impressed.It was entertainingly written and packed with information-so much so that as soon as they have finished with it I look forward to reading it myself.
A good read!
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on 14 October 2015
If you want a book about Roman Legions you cannot go wrong with this book
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on 12 August 2015
Bought for Christmas present. Good solid book. Well packaged. Came before time stated. Pleased with it.
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on 15 January 2015
Received in Perfect Order.

Great book with clear pictures and background !!!!!!
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on 8 May 2015
Excellent book on the army of Rome that is devoid of the speculation to be found in similar works. Recommended for students of Roman military history at all levels
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on 17 February 2016
As good as any other Roman related book I have. Has lots of quality pictures which in my opinion are as essential as the reading matter.
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on 25 February 2015
excellent book and service
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