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The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History
"The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History" offers a revealing portrait of a legendary fighting force in peacetime and at war from a soldier's-eye view. Organized thematically, it explores the army's history, culture, and organization, while providing fascinating details of the soldier's daily life and of the army's interactions with citizens, politicians, and the ...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by ABC-CLIO
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I liked it. A good primer for starting a study of the Roman Army. It touched on a very large swath of information on the institution and showed its evolution over the years. I did not like that it got repetitive at times and that the writing style did not have a very even flow. However, this will prove to be a useful reference work in the future for obtaining information about the Romans.
Although this is a better-than-average review of the Roman army, once again, an author who is a supposed expert on ancient Rome perpetuates the (long disproven) contention that Caesar burned the Alexandrian Library. This kind of error lessens the overall worth of the book.