The Roman Army

The Roman Army

The Greatest War Machine of the Ancient World

Book - 2010
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Chris McNab's latest title for Osprey follows the Roman Army from the first armed citizens of the early Republic through the glorious heights of the Imperial legions to the shameful defeats inflicted upon the late Roman army by the Goths and Huns. Tracing the development of tactics, equipment and training through detailed text, illustrations, diagrams, and photographs, this book will give the reader an accessible yet detailed insight into the military force that enabled Rome to become the greatest empire the world has ever seen, to defeat its enemies, subdue its neighbors and control vast territories.

This book describes the organization of the forces, equipment and weaponry, uniforms, and development in tactics and warfare of the Roman Army. Each of the four historical sections will focus on the changes in the army, but will also look at the talented men who transformed and led the army, such as Scipio Africanus, Caesar and Marcus Aurelius, and the momentous battles fought, including Cannae, Pharsalus, and Adrianople.

Publisher: Botley, Oxford, [England] : Osprey Publishing, 2010.
ISBN: 9781849081627
Branch Call Number: 355.00937 ROM
Characteristics: 280 pages :,illustrations (some color), color maps ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: McNab, Chris 1970-

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unbalancedbutfair Jun 18, 2012

If you are looking for a quick snapshot of the "roman army" this isn't for you. This book is about how the roman army changed over time. I really enjoyed it. Good exposition showing how armaments and tactics changed over the hundreds of years of the roman war machine. In my previous research I heard again and again "there was change and heterogeneity in the roman army" and this book tried to show how it changed. What the army actually looked like at the various stages. Good balance of pictures, battle diagrams, exposition, use of primary sources as well as original interpretation and reasoning. It can sound slightly repetitive but I think that is so that people who are only reading the captions can still get something out of the book.

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