The Roman Army at War: 100 BC-AD 200

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Clarendon Press, Jan 1, 1998 - History - 311 pages
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This detailed examination of the way in which the Roman army operated during a war and how it fought a battle breaks away from existing studies, which mostly concentrate on the army in peacetime, and attempts to understand the army as an institution whose ultimate purpose was to wage war. Adrian Goldsworthy explores the influence to the Roman army's organization on its behaviour during a campaign, emphasizing its great flexibility in comparison to most of its opponents. He considers thefactors determining the result of a conflict and proposes, contrary to orthodox opinion, that the Roman army was able to adapt successfully to any type of warfare. Following the technique pioneered by John Keegan in The Face of Battle (1976), Dr Goldsworthy builds up a precise picture of what happened during battle: tactics employed, weaponry, leadership, behaviour of individuals as well as groups of soldiers, and, of utmost importance, morale.
 

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This is intricate scholarly work for my work in historiography, not NYT beat seller stuff but a wonderful compendium of primary source material organized efficiently. Read full review

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Not for the faint of heart - this is his thesis paper. Excellent material for those looking for an in-depth study. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Organization of the Roman Army
12
The organization of the legions cohorts
15
Size and organization of auxiliaryunits
22
The Opposition
39
FIGURES
48
The Campaign
77
The Generals Battle
116
A comparison of the sizes of the elFarit DuraEuropus and Doncaster shields
212
A bronze Montefortino helmet of the type in common use in the first century bc
213
A bronze Coolus helmet Russell Robinsons type E early first century ad
214
Iron Imperial Gallic helmet midfirst century ad
215
Iron cavalry helmet Russell Robinsons type B
238
The Individuals Battle
248
General Conclusions
283
Meat provided by different animals
292

Plan of the deployment of the army under Suetonius Paulinus in ad 60
134
Arrians formation against the Alans
136
The Units Battle
171

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About the author (1998)

Adrian Keith Goldsworthy is at University of Wales at Cardiff.

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