From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a concise and comprehensive history of the fighting forces that created the Roman Empire
Roman warfare was relentless in its pursuit of victory. A ruthless approach to combat played a major part in Rome's history, creating an empire that eventually included much of Europe, the Near East and North Africa. What distinguished the Roman army from its opponents was the uncompromising and total destruction of its enemies. Yet this ferocity was combined with a genius for absorbing conquered peoples, creating one of the most enduring empires ever known.
In Roman Warfare, celebrated historian Adrian Goldsworthy traces the history of Roman warfare from 753 BC, the traditional date of the founding of Rome by Romulus, to the eventual decline and fall of Roman Empire and attempts to recover Rome and Italy from the "barbarians" in the sixth century AD. It is the indispensable history of the most professional fighting force in ancient history, an army that created an Empire and changed the world.
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About the Author
Adrian Goldsworthy is an award-winning historian of the classical world. He is the author of numerous books about ancient Rome, including Hadrian's Wall, Caesar, How Rome Fell, Pax Romana, and Augustus. Goldsworthy lives in South Wales.
Table of Contents
List of Maps ix
Introduction: To Overcome the Proud in War 1
1 Early Rome and the Conquest of Italy 7
2 The Wars with Carthage and the Hellenistic Kingdoms 25
3 World Conquest 202 BC-AD14 69
4 Controlling the World AD14-193 107
5 Crisis and Reform 151
6 Collapse in the West, Recovery in the East 187
Primary Sources 229
Further Reading 235
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Detailed description of Roman army (as possible, regarding the time-span covered [each chapter could be covered by at least the book of the same size]) evolution ¿ from the early legions, highly disciplined and hardened veterans of Imperialist era to border-guarding standing army at the very end of the Roman Empire. Many parallels can be found with militaries around the world today (especially of those considered to be super powers) ¿ what happens to the perfectly honed war machines when there are no enemies left to fight?Recommended.
Not a bad read at all. I enjoyed the information on ancient Roman military history and warfare. The diagrams of various Roman battle formations and battles in Roman history were particularly helpful. The book was especially interesting for me, as a Soldier, to see where so many of the customs and traditions still used in many militaries today originated. Plus this has to be the coolest book I've ever been assigned to read for a class!
well-written easy read. I love the maps, pictures and illustrations. I would have wanted the book to feature more illustrations and detailed account of roman battles. I think they only featured about 4-7 battles.