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By Paul Erdkamp

This significant other presents 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 combating force.

- an in depth account of the Roman military, from its beginnings to its transformation within the later Roman Empire
- Examines the military as an army computing device – 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 during which the Romans fought
- each one bankruptcy is written through a number one specialist in a specific subfield and takes account of the most recent scholarly and archaeological learn in that area


"It is a superb educational reference publication and may end up a worthwhile source for an individual attracted to the improvement of the Roman military in addition to its interactions over one thousand years with the Empire it either served and influenced". (UNRV historical past, 1 April 2011)

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

“This quantity is one other within the turning out to be diversity of interval- or topic-focused partners to the traditional global released by means of Blackwell. The Roman military, as a primary establishment and impression in such a lot of facets of Roman imperial heritage, is an seen topic for one of these quantity. Like different volumes within the sequence, this one boasts a magnificent variety of foreign authors, and the scholarship is of a really 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 strength in doing so might be well-known. the quantity will fortunately sit down on an educational bookshelf … as a convenient compendium of the perspectives of the person authors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical evaluate, October 2008)

“The so much wide and certain top researched review at the Roman military that's at the moment available.” (Ancient Warfare)

"Highly readable, informative, and up to date survey…The publication constitutes a superb source for plenty of subject matters about the Roman army…there is far to curiosity laymen…and students alike.”

"It is very worthy in supplying updated money owed of the army's manifold element and the bibliographies to help them." (Scholia Reviews)

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Paul Erdkamp is learn Fellow in historic historical past at Leiden college. he's writer of starvation and the Sword: struggle and nutrients offer 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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