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The Roman Soldier’s (Unofficial) Manual

Philip Matyszak


Romans, your Emperor needs you! Are you ready to become a Roman legionary?


The year is 100 CE and Rome stands supreme from the desert sands of Mesopotamia to the highlands of Caledonia. Far from the glittering centre of imperial power, the humble legionary holds back barbarian hordes and conquers new frontiers. On his armoured shoulders rests the might of Rome.

Combining the latest discoveries with contemporary accounts, this book paints a vivid picture of life in the Roman legions.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Format

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 92

Publication date: 19 July 2018

ISBN: 9780500293799

Contents List

1. Joining the Roman Army • 2. The Prospective Recruit’s Good Legion Guide • 3. Alternative Military Careers • 4. Legionary Kit and Equipment • 5. Training, Discipline and Ranks • 6. People Who Will Want to Kill You • 7. Life in Camp • 8. On Campaign • 9. How to Storm a City • 10. Battle • 11. Aftermath

About the Author

Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John's College, Oxford. He is the author of many books on classical civilization, including Chronicle of the Roman Republic, The Enemies of Rome, The Sons of Caesar, Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day, Lives of the Romans (with Joanne Berry) and Legionary.

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