Complete Roman Army

The Complete Roman Army

  1. Adrian Goldsworthy
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  • ISBN 9780500288993
  • 25.40 x 19.20 cm
  • Paperback
  • 224pp
  • 245 Illustrations, 107 in colour
  • First published 2011

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‘An outstanding general study of the Roman military system … the best one-volume treatment of the subject now in existence’ – The Historian
'I found myself marvelling at the synthesis of detail and perspective … this really is a complete account of the Roman army … an invaluable reference book' History Today

• The first book to examine in detail not just the early imperial army, but the citizen’s militia of the Republic and the army of the later Empire
• Discussions of key Roman battles and tactics, and brief biographies of the great commanders
• The daily lives of Roman soldiers, from equipment and barracks to diet, religion and pay
• The development of the legionary structure, the use of cavalry and auxiliary troops and the creation of the navy
• Hundreds of photographs, diagrams, reconstruction drawings and specially commissioned battle plans

Drawing on archaeology, ancient art and original documentary sources this comprehensive volume presents the most convincing picture ever published of the world’s most famous fighting machine.

The Roman army was one of the most successful fighting forces in history. Its organization and tactics were highly advanced and were never again to be equalled until the modern era. Spectacular monuments to its perseverance and engineering skill are still visible today. Including over 200 illustrations, this book fully describes these achievements and analyses several key battles, and their famous commanders.

It is the first book to examine in detail not just the early imperial army, but the citizen’s militia of the Republic and the army of the later Empire. The unprecedented scope of Roman military success is placed in the context of ordinary soldiers’ daily lives, whether spent in the quiet routine of a peaceful garrison or in arduous campaign and violent combat.

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Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate in Ancient History from Oxford University. His publications include The Roman Army at War 100 BC–AD 200, Roman Warfare, The Punic Wars and Caesar.