A Roman Army Reader: Twenty-One Selections from Literary, Epigraphic, and Other Documents

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Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Oct 1, 2013 - Foreign Language Study - 225 pages
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This edition off ers a compact portrait, in peace and in war, of the ancient Roman army, one of history?s most famous and successful military organizations. Twelve literary passages combine with nine epigraphic and other documents to show soldiers who don?t merely fight: Between battles, they march, drill, camp, construct public works, eat, drink, and?sometimes illegally?marry and have children. At times, and invariably with bloodstained results, troops also involved themselves in Roman politics. With selections from a variety of sources and a time span ranging from the First Punic War to the reign of M. Aurelius, this compact reader is like no other currently available. 

Features of this edition:
? Introduction to the Roman army
? 858 lines of unadapted Latin text in 21 selections: 12 from literary
works (Cato Origines, Cicero Ad Atticum, Caesar Bellum Civile,
Livy Ab Urbe Condita, Juvenal Satires, Tacitus Annals and Histories,
Vegetius De Re Militari, Suetonius Gaius and Claudius) and 9 from
documentary sources
? Notes at the back and complete vocabulary
? Suggested reading; appendices of original texts and chronologies
? Two maps and seven illustrations


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About the author (2013)

Dexter Hoyos is Honorary Associate Professor and research affiliate at Sydney University, Australia, where he taught from 1972 until 2007. Author of numerous articles on Roman government, diplomacy, warfare, and historiography, and on Latin epigraphy and pedagogy, his books include Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy (Exeter/Bristol Phoenix 2008); Truceless War: Carthage's Fight for Survival, 241-237 b.c. (Brill 2007); Livy: Hannibal's War, Books 21 to 30 (with translator J. C. Yardley, Oxford 2006); Hannibal's Dynasty: Power and Politics in the Mediterranean World, 247-183 b.c. (Routledge 2003); Unplanned Wars: The Origins of the First and Second Punic Wars (de Gruyter 1998), and Latin: How to Read it Fluently-A Practical Manual (CANE Educational 1997).

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