The Roman Army

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Feb 11, 2016 - History - 176 pages
This authoritative short volume introduces readers to the Roman army, its structure, tactics, duties and development. One of the most successful fighting forces that the world has seen, the Roman army was inherited by the emperor Augustus who re-organized it and established its legions in military bases, many of which survived to the end of the empire. He and subsequent emperors used it as a formidable tool for expansion. Soon, however, the army became fossilized on its frontiers and changed from a mobile fighting force to a primarily defensive body.

Written by a leading authority on the Roman army and the frontiers it defended and expanded, this is an invaluable book for students at school and university level, as well as a handy guide for general readers with an interest in military history, the rise and development and fall of the Roman legions, and the ancient world.


List of Figures and Tables
The Republican Army
The Army on Campaign
The Peacetime Army
Arms and Armor
The Late Roman Army

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About the author (2016)

David J. Breeze is an honorary professor at the Universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies and former Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Scotland, he has written on the Roman army and on Roman frontiers, including Hadrian's Wall (4th edn, 2000), Roman Frontiers in Britain (Bloomsbury, 2013) and The Frontiers of Imperial Rome (2011).

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