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The Complete Roman Army

Adrian Goldsworthy


The first book to examine in detail not just the early imperial Roman army, but the citizen’s militia of the Republic and the army of the later Empire


The Roman army was one of the most successful fighting forces in history. Its organization and tactics were highly advanced and would not be equalled again until the modern era while spectacular monuments to its perseverance and engineering skill are still visible today.

Drawing on archaeology, ancient art and original documentary sources The Complete Roman Army presents a thorough and convincing picture of the world’s most famous fighting machine. 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. Every aspect of the Roman army, from the daily lives of individual soldiers to the outcome of major campaigns, is explored in five accessible sections, including the development of the legionary structure, the use of cavalry and auxiliary troops and the creation of the navy. Discussions of key Roman battles, hundreds of illustrations and brief biographies of the great commanders bring the campaigns and personalities to life.

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'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

'An outstanding general study of the Roman military system … the best one-volume treatment of the subject now in existence'
The Historian

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.4 x 19.2 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 245

Publication date: 5 September 2011

ISBN: 9780500288993

Contents List

Introduction: The Changing Face of the Roman Army • 1. The Republican Army • 2. The Professional Army • 3. The Life of a Roman Soldier • 4. The Army at War • 5. The Army of Late Antiquity

About the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy is a renowned historian and author.Among his other books are The Fall of theWest, Caesar: The Life of a Colossus and Roman Warfare.

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