The Logistics of the Roman Army at War, 264 BC-235 AD (Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition)
Relying on a variety of literary, documentary and archaeological sources, this work explores the Roman military supply system from the Punic Wars to the end of the Principate. Each chapter is devoted to a different aspect of logistics: supply needs and rations; packs, trains and military servants; foraging and requisition; supply lines; sources of supply; administration; a...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published December 22nd 1998 by Brill Academic Publishers
(first published November 1998)
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Roth's book is an exceptional analysis of the logistical capabilities of the Roman Republic and Empire from the Punic Wars to the Principate. The book covers all aspects of logistics, including food, water, firewood, cavalry horses, pack animals, metal, clothing, medical care, artillery, etc. Roth also clearly shows how innovative the Roman logistical system was and how its absolutely amazing efficiency was more than a little responsible for the army's successes. No state had ever developed the...more
This study of Roman logistics, while a fairly dry scholarly paper is quite interesting. The author throughly covers the topic -- and provides enough detail (or speculation in a few well identified cases) to gain a good understanding without unnecessary verbiage or repetition.