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The Complete Roman Legions

Nigel Pollard, Joanne Berry


The first book to cover all 45 imperial legions, chronicling their individual histories in compelling detail


The legions of Rome were among the greatest fighting forces in history. For almost half a millennium they secured the known world under the power of the Caesars. This pioneering account gathers together the stories of each and every imperial legion, telling the tales of their triumphs and defeats as they policed the empire and enlarged its borders.

Focusing on the legions as the core of the Roman army, and chronicling their individual histories in detail, the book builds on the thematic account of the Roman military force given by its companion The Complete Roman Army, and is vital reading.

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'Beautifully designed and comprehensively illustrated ... brings to life the ancient world’s most successful military machine'
Professor Lawrence Keppie, author of The Making of the Roman Army

'Written in a clear, precise style, illustrated copiously ... a worthwhile addition to any bookshelf'

'Highly informative … a wonderful introduction because the prose is clear, and the maps and illustrations are informative and good reminders of the wealth and power that was Rome'
Contemporary Review

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.5 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 212

Publication date: 6 April 2015

ISBN: 9780500291832

Contents List

Part I: The Legions in the Republican Period • Part II: The Legions in the Imperial Age • Part III: The Legions in Late Antiquity

About the Author

Dr Nigel Pollard is a Roman historian and archaeologist. He is a lecturer in Ancient History in the School of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. Much of his research focuses on the eastern part of the Roman Empire (Syria and Egypt) and Italy.

Joanne Berry is a Roman historian and archaeologist, and a lecturer in Ancient History in the School of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. Much of her research to date has focused on the ancient site of Pompeii. In 2008 she founded Blogging Pompeii, a news and discussion site for Pompeii and the archaeological sites of the Bay of Naples.

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