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By Paul Erdkamp

This spouse offers an in depth account of the Roman military, exploring its position in Roman politics and society in addition to the explanations for its effectiveness as a battling force.

- an intensive account of the Roman military, from its beginnings to its transformation within the later Roman Empire
- Examines the military as an army laptop – its recruitment, education, association, strategies and weaponry
- Explores the connection of the military to Roman politics, economics and society extra broadly
- Considers the geography and weather of the lands within which the Romans fought
- every one bankruptcy is written via a number one specialist in a specific subfield and takes account of the most recent scholarly and archaeological examine in that area


"It is a wonderful educational reference booklet and will end up a necessary source for an individual drawn to the advance of the Roman military in addition to its interactions over one thousand years with the Empire it either served and influenced". (UNRV background, 1 April 2011)

"This publication is a beneficial paintings for the reference shelf and a bible for army buffs." (Greece & Rome, 2008)

“This quantity is one other within the starting to be variety of interval- or topic-focused partners to the traditional international released by way of Blackwell. The Roman military, as a relevant establishment and impression in such a lot of elements of Roman imperial background, is an visible topic for the sort of quantity. Like different volumes within the sequence, this one boasts a magnificent diversity of foreign authors, and the scholarship is of a truly excessive order.” (New England Classical magazine, February 2009)

“It is not any effortless activity to fee and co-ordinate 29 separate contributions, and the editor's power in doing so may be famous. the amount will fortunately take a seat on an instructional bookshelf … as a convenient compendium of the perspectives of the person authors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical assessment, October 2008)

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"Highly readable, informative, and up to date survey…The ebook constitutes a very good source for lots of issues in regards to the Roman army…there is far to curiosity laymen…and students alike.”

"It is especially priceless in supplying updated debts of the army's manifold point and the bibliographies to help them." (Scholia Reviews)

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Paul Erdkamp is learn Fellow in old background at Leiden college. he's writer of starvation and the Sword: conflict and meals provide in Roman Republican Wars (264–30 BC) (1998) and The Grain marketplace within the Roman Empire (2005), and editor of The Roman military and the financial system (2002).

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They are generally portrayed not as occupying the Algidus, but advancing into it to raid. It is most unlikely that the subjection of Tibur and Praeneste should have left no trace in the sources. 12 The Romans on the whole probably did well out of the Aequian and Volscian wars. Only occasionally would these peoples’ raids have reached Roman territory: such incursions are reported only in 488, 478, 470, 469, 465–463, and 446, all in narratives of doubtful historicity. The Romans’ chief involvement was in dispatching armies in support of their Latin and Hernican allies, perhaps a good deal less often than the tradition implies.

We also hear frequently of tribunes obstructing levies in the hope of obliging the magistrates and Senate to accept their proposals. This tactic is not known to have been used in later times, and so, although the individual stories of obstruction are generally fictional, they probably draw on an authentic memory that this device had sometimes been employed in the early republic. The original plebeians have sometimes been identified as the poorer citizens who served in the army, if at all, only as light-armed.

1965. Early Rome and the Latins. Ann Arbor. Beloch, K. J. 1926. Römische Geschichte bis zum Beginn der punischen Kriege. Berlin. Connolly, P. 1981. Greece and Rome at War. London. Cornell, T. J. 1988. ),” in E. ), Alle Origini di Roma. Pisa, 89–100. —— 1995. The Beginnings of Rome. Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c. 1000–264 bc). London. —— 2003. “Coriolanus: Myth, history and performance,” in D. Braund and C. ), Myth, History and Culture: Studies in Honour of T. P. Wiseman.

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