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Complete Roman Army [Hardcover]

Adrian Goldsworthy
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Sept. 30 2003 Complete
"The Complete Roman Army" draws on archaeology, ancient art and original documentary sources to present a picture of one of the world's most famous fighting machines. Every aspect of the Roman army, from the daily lives of individual soldiers to the outcome of major campaigns, is explored in five accessible sections. Discussions of key Roman battles, hundreds of illustrations and brief biographies of the great commanders bring the campaigns and personalities to life.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to the Legions of Rome 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Survey of Roman Army 750 B.C. to 400 A.D. Oct. 13 2003
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy I Bought It 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 6 stars Feb. 24 2014
By Kyle
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is possibly the best Amazon purchase I have ever made. The book is absolutely beautiful, filled with amazing diagrams and pictures and very straightforward. This book is essential for anyone interested in Antiquity and the amount of detail given provides an indispensable reference book for students or teachers. This is an amazing book, and the price is awesome!
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