The Logistics of the Roman Army at War: 264 B.C. - A.D. 235

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Relying on a variety of literary, documentary and archaeological sources, this work explores the Roman military supply system from the Punic Wars to the end of the Principate. Each chapter is devoted to a different aspect of logistics: supply needs and rations; packs, trains and military servants; foraging and requisition; supply lines; sources of supply; administration; and the impact of logistics on Roman warfare. As a whole the book traces the development of the Roman logistics into a highly sophisticated supply system - a vital element in the success of Roman arms. In addition, it makes a critical study of important technical questions of Roman logistics, such as the size of the soldier's grain ration, the function of military servants, and the changes in logistical management under the Republic and Empire.

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Well, what the title promises really; a study of what can be known or inferred about Roman logistical arrangements during the time period covered. If you're interested in that sort of thing, you'd ... Read full review

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I only give 4 stars because nothing on this troubled planet is perfect.
Roth's book is a wonderfully thorough account of what the Romans actually did to supply their armies every day.
He mines his facts from contemporary records so thoroughly that one can train as a Roman staff officer
It's a hard book to get hold of, but best of all it's available as a Google Book.
Brilliant. If you are interested in understand what the Roman army did, keep it by your side.


Supply Needs and Rations
Packs Trains and Servants
Forage Requisition and Pillage 117 Chapter Three Forage Requisition and Pillage
Supply Lines
Sources of Supply
The Administration of Logistics
Logistics in Roman Warfare
Logistics and the Organization

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Jonathan P. Roth, Ph.D. (1991) in History, Columbia University, is an Assistant Professor of History at San Jose State University. He has published a number of articles on Roman military history and is Secretary/Treasurer of the Society of Ancient Military Historians.

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