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By Paul Erdkamp

This spouse offers an in depth account of the Roman military, exploring its position in Roman politics and society in addition to the explanations for its effectiveness as a struggling with force.

- an intensive account of the Roman military, from its beginnings to its transformation within the later Roman Empire
- Examines the military as an army computer – its recruitment, education, association, strategies and weaponry
- Explores the connection of the military to Roman politics, economics and society extra broadly
- Considers the geography and weather of the lands during which the Romans fought
- each one bankruptcy is written by means of a number one specialist in a specific subfield and takes account of the most recent scholarly and archaeological learn in that area


"It is a wonderful educational reference publication and may turn out a helpful source for somebody attracted to the advance of the Roman military in addition to its interactions over 1000 years with the Empire it either served and influenced". (UNRV historical past, 1 April 2011)

"This booklet is a helpful paintings for the reference shelf and a bible for army buffs." (Greece & Rome, 2008)

“This quantity is one other within the becoming diversity of interval- or topic-focused partners to the traditional international released via Blackwell. The Roman military, as a principal establishment and effect in such a lot of points of Roman imperial heritage, is an visible topic for one of these quantity. Like different volumes within the sequence, this one boasts a magnificent variety of foreign authors, and the scholarship is of a really excessive order.” (New England Classical magazine, February 2009)

“It isn't any effortless job to fee and co-ordinate 29 separate contributions, and the editor's power in doing so can be well-known. the quantity will fortunately take a seat on a tutorial bookshelf … as a convenient compendium of the perspectives of the person authors.” (Bryn Mawr Classical overview, October 2008)

“The such a lot vast and sure most sensible researched evaluation at the Roman military that's at present available.” (Ancient Warfare)

"Highly readable, informative, and up to date survey…The booklet constitutes a great source for lots of issues about the Roman army…there is way to curiosity laymen…and students alike.”

"It is especially beneficial in delivering updated bills of the army's manifold point and the bibliographies to aid them." (Scholia Reviews)

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Paul Erdkamp is study Fellow in old background at Leiden college. he's writer of starvation and the Sword: conflict and nutrition offer in Roman Republican Wars (264–30 BC) (1998) and The Grain industry within the Roman Empire (2005), and editor of The Roman military and the economic system (2002).

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Little in this tradition is of any value, but, in view of the greater size of their city and territory, it is likely that the last kings were able to establish some form of hegemony over at least some of the Latins. ” Although the alternative dating to 348 still has its supporters, most scholars now accept Polybius’ dating of the treaty to the first year of the republic. Whichever dating is correct, the claim to rule over Antium, Circeii, and Tarracina probably represents an exaggeration of Roman power.

The first war is reported as extending over the years 483–474 and the second (with intermissions) over 438–425. The issue in the second war was Fidenae: the war started with its revolt from Rome to Veii, and ended with the Roman capture of the town. These first two wars were typical conflicts between neighboring communities, but the third was a fight to the death. The Romans laid siege to Veii; resistance was allegedly protracted, but the city was eventually captured under the leadership of the celebrated Camillus (traditional date 396).

It is, nonetheless, likely that by the late sixth century Roman territory had reached roughly the extent which the tradition indicates for the regal period: there was a significant bridgehead on the right bank of the Tiber, and at least on the left bank Roman territory reached the sea, while to the southeast it extended up to the Alban Mount. 1 Early Latium and its environs ACTC01 8/12/06 11:16 AM Page 10 10 John Rich Rome was not the only Latin community to expand in the archaic period, but its territory had become much larger than any other’s.

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