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By Paul Erdkamp

This better half presents an intensive account of the Roman military, exploring its position in Roman politics and society in addition to the explanations for its effectiveness as a combating 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 computer – 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
- each one bankruptcy is written via a number one specialist in a selected subfield and takes account of the newest scholarly and archaeological learn in that area


"It is a superb educational reference ebook and may turn out a useful source for an individual attracted 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 heritage, 1 April 2011)

"This e-book is a precious paintings for the reference shelf and a bible for army buffs." (Greece & Rome, 2008)

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

“It isn't any effortless activity to fee and co-ordinate 29 separate contributions, and the editor's power in doing so may be well-known. the quantity will fortunately sit down on an instructional bookshelf … as a convenient compendium of the perspectives of the person authors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical overview, October 2008)

“The so much vast and sure most sensible researched assessment at the Roman military that's presently available.” (Ancient Warfare)

"Highly readable, informative, and up to date survey…The publication constitutes an exceptional source for plenty of issues in regards to the Roman army…there is far to curiosity laymen…and students alike.”

"It is especially important in supplying up to date money owed of the army's manifold point and the bibliographies to aid them." (Scholia Reviews)

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Paul Erdkamp is examine Fellow in historic historical past at Leiden college. he's writer of starvation and the Sword: conflict and nutrition 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 economic system (2002).

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Smith, C. J. 2006. The Roman Clan. Cambridge. Snodgrass, A. M. 1965. “The hoplite reform and history,” JHS 85: 110–22. , and S. Stoddart. 1990. Etruscan Italy. London. Stary, P. F. 1981. Zur eisenzeitlichen Bewaffnung und Kampfesweise in Mittelitalien. Mainz. ACTC01 8/12/06 11:16 AM Page 23 Warfare and the Army in Early Rome 23 Stibbe, C. , G. Colonna, C. de Simone, and H. S. Versnel. 1980. Lapis Satricanus. Archaeological, Epigraphical, Linguistic and Historical Aspects of the New Inscription from Satricum.

However, this advance and the ensuing expansion overseas cannot be understood without some examination of Roman warfare and military developments in the preceding centuries. This is the subject of the present chapter, and the following chapter considers some aspects in further detail. The evidence for early Roman history is notoriously problematic. Roman historians developed extensive narratives, preserved most fully for us in two histories written in the late first century bc, by Livy and by Dionysius of Halicarnassus (the latter in Greek, and fully extant only for the period down to 443 bc).

The Aequi fit best with the model of mountaineers assaulting plainsmen, but it does not follow that their clashes with the Latins and Hernici always arose from Aequian marauding rather than the ACTC01 8/12/06 11:16 AM Page 13 Warfare and the Army in Early Rome 13 mutual disputes of neighbors. It is often supposed that in the early fifth century the Aequi occupied the Algidus, the main Alban Hills crater, and much adjacent territory, and that important Latin cities like Tibur and Praeneste either became subject to the Aequi or reached an understanding with them.

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