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The Complete Roman Army

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�An outstanding general study of the Roman military system. . . . The best one-volume treatment of the subject now in existence.��Historian

The Roman army was one of the most successful fighting forces in history. Its organization and tactics were highly advanced and were unequaled until the modern era. Spectacular monuments to its perseverance and engineering skill...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 27th 2003 by Thames & Hudson (first published September 15th 2003)
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Timothy M
I have an odd story with this book, which I bought awhile back after noticing that it was cited in one of my favorite military history books (and, for the life of me, I cannot remember which book that was--I just wrote the citation down in a planner/organizer without any other info...not very smart).

After being unable to find it at any bookstore, or check it out at the library, it became the "odd Roman army book" that I couldn't find anywhere, and I couldn't even remember that stupid citation t...more
May 20, 2008 Nathan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Serious Roman Completists
This book is by the same historian who wrote the book Roman Warfare, but isn't quite up to the same standards as the previous book.

It's not very interesting to read (although the pictures are pretty), and is a very generalist history of the Roman Army, with virtually no references to other works that would allow further pursuit of the subject matter.

I wasn't impressed with the book's organization and am honestly not sure that I made a very good purchase.

It's going to stay in my collection, but...more
This is an outstanding book with fantastic pictures and line drawings. Goldsworthy describes the Republican army and how it transitioned into the professional force used by the emperors. He describes how the army was recruited, how it trained, how it lived and how it fought. Almost all questions are answered. This is a really good resource with a comprehensive bibliography and sets the standard for works on the imperial Roman army.
Great book. It was essentially a summary of eveidence and findings about how the Roman army was organized, lead, fought and marched over the centuries. A lot of it is conjecture based upon limited eveidence but it was well written summary and what we know and what we think was true. Very comprehensive and interesting.
This is a very thorough overview of the Roman Army, organisation, weapons armour etc. This volume not only covers well known ground with respect to the Republic and Early Imperial periods, but is also does a good job of providing insights into weapons and tactic of the late imperial period.
B.R. Stateham
Never read it. was the wrong book. How the Hades do you eject wrong choices in this place?
Mike Anderson
Dec 17, 2011 Mike Anderson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in ancient warfare
Shelves: history-rome
Very comprehensive. A lot of good information.
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Adrian Goldsworthy was born in 1969 in Cardiff. He was educated in Penarth and then read Ancient and Modern History at St. John's College, Oxford, where he subsequently completed his doctorate in ancient history. His D.Phil. Thesis was the basis for his first book, The Roman Army At War 100 BC - AD 200, which looked at how the Roman army actually operated on campaign and in battle.

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