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Complete Roman Army Hardcover – Sep 30 2003


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson (Sept. 30 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051245
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #219,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you or someone you love has an interest in Rome, ancient history, or military history, this would make an excellent gift come Christmas. " --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Adrian Goldsworthy studied at Oxford University. His publications include Roman Warfare, The PunicWars and Cannae.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Rivette on July 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mr Goldsworthy has done an excellent job of taking much of the information in his book "The Roman Army at War" and bringing it to a much more accepable form for the casual or first time reader. There is still much information for the person who thinks he/she knows alot about the Roman Army and the illustrations go a long way toward making the book easy to read and understand. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and it makes an excellent addition to anyone's bookshelf.
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By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on Sept. 29 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent overview of the Roman army, particularly the Principate professional army of around 0 AD - 200 AD. The book does cover the earlier Republican army, as well as the later armies (3rd and 4th century AD), but in less detail (about a chapter each, compared to the 8 on the Principate army). The Principate army is what most people think of when they think about Romans, so this probably isn't a bad idea. It's also the period from which we have a lot of information from, which helps make this book both broad and indepth.

It is easily accessible to the average reader, the writing is interesting, and the topics are highly varied. From the soldiers kit and weapons, to battle tactics, life outside of battle, recruitment, leadership, etc., there's a lot of variety in the topics in the book. There are numerous illustrations of good, if not great quality, as well as several photographs of modern archaeological sites or modern reenactors. The latter are particularly nice, as they give a very clear view of what ancient Roman soldiers and officers would have looked like. Pictures of Roman artifacts depicting soldiers, and about 6 two-page color spreads on particular battles, round out the book.

It's hard to criticize this book, other than to say that the coverage is more broad than it is deep. That's a limitation of the size of the book, as each page is quite densely packed with information. This isn't a graduate thesis in the Roman army, but it does make for an easy, entertaining, yet informative overview of the Roman army. Given that it was one of, if not THE, most successful armies in history, this makes this book an excellent overview for anyone interested in Ancient Rome, the military in general, or history in general.
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Format: Hardcover
For serious scholars and interested amateur historians alike, this is the one "must have" survey book on the Roman Army. Goldsworthy provides a comprehensive, insightful survey in this lavishly illustrated book. Using the best of recent historical reseach on the Roman Army, Goldsworthy presents the material in a comprehensive and easily accessible style. Starting with his summary of available historical sources, he provides fresh analysis of what contemporary historians know, don't know, and what remains conjecture regarding the Roman Army. The core of the book deals with evolution of the Roman Army during the main thematic periods; the Republican Army, the Professional Army of the first and second centuries A.D., and finally the Army of Late Antiquity. There are also two sections dealing the Army at War and the Life of the Roman Soldier. The book ends with a very useful bibliography. This book is the benchmark for surveys of the Roman Army and is likely to remain so for a long time. Do not hesitate to buy this book, it is well worth it!
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By Sunnyside on April 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
Loved the color photos of re-enactors, as well as a whole section devoted to the daily life of a Roman recruit. Book has good production values, and seems authoritative -- certainly informative!
One slight peeve, though: the Empire map alternates between Latin names and modern English ones, as in "Italia" but "Sicily" and not "Sicilia," or "Neopolis" but "Rome" and not "Roma," "Belgica" and "Dacia" but "Lower Germany" instead of "Germania Inferior," etc.
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By Bluewater guy on May 17 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I found it to be a good general overview of the roman army from the days of the republic to late antiquity. Not as much detail on the tactics of the roman army as I had hoped.
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