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Roman Warfare

Roman Warfare
Autor: Adrian Goldsworthy
Data publikacji: 2007-04-00
ISBN: 9780753822586
Wydawca: Phoenix Press
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 260
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Opis produktu:

The Romans built perhaps the greatest empire of all time, forged with an unequalled skill in warfare. Accompany these unparalleled Roman troops from the conquest of Italy through to world conquest. Watch as defeated armies became allies and future soldiers of the Empire. Consider the irony of extreme brutality and repression leading to peace and prosperity. All the techniques and the organization of this amazingly advanced fighting force come into focus, from the emphasis on drills to its superior technology and bureaucracy.

Adrian Goldsworthy's short guide, Roman Warfare, is easily the best book of its length that I have read. If you're looking for a concise yet detailed survey of Roman military history, this is the book to buy.

Goldsworthy cuts the fat from the subject, stripping away the mundane details that typically bog down the casual reader or armchair historian. He charts the development of the Roman army from its earliest forms through the end of the empire, relying on impeccable research and a very clear style. He clears up a lot of confusing ideas (such as the composition of the republican-era triplex acies formation) and, unusual for an historian dealing with figures like Caesar, Scipio, and Hannibal, he never indulges in hero-worship (something which, sadly, cannot be said of the otherwise excellent historians Theodore Dodge and B.H. Liddell-Hart).

Another thing that makes this book worthwhile is the copious amount of maps and illustrations, all of which support the text in a clear and easy to understand manner.

If you enjoy this book and would like something a bit deeper, I'd also recommend Goldsworthy's The Fall of Carthage, a very good history of the three Punic Wars.

Roman Warfare by Adrian Goldsworthy is a very detailed book. Starting with the founding of Rome, the conquest of Italy and the early Republic, the author gives us a great foundation for the rest of the book. We get a very complete chronology and each chapter gives us the major points of the military history of Rome, from equipment, to tactics, to where they got their recruits, to how they treated their enemies. By the time we get to the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West and the recovery, for a short period, in the East we learn that the Roman Army, if given the men and funding, was always victorious in the end. The Army did not fail the Empire, the Empire failed the Army. 


About the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His books have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes and has lectured on Roman history in both the UK and USA. http://www.adriangoldsworthy.com/


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