Caesar's Legions: The Roman Soldier, 753 BC to 117 AD

Caesar's Legions: The Roman Soldier, 753 BC to 117 AD


By (author) Nick Sekunda, Illustrated by Richard Hook, Illustrated by Etc., By (author) Simon Northwood, By (author) Michael Simkins, Illustrated by Ronald Embelton

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 246mm x 12mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 20 January 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841760447
  • ISBN 13: 9781841760445
  • Illustrations note: 25 colour and 150 b&w illustrations, chronology, bibliography

Product description

The city of Rome was founded, not by the sons of Mars as myth would have it, but by the amalgamation of separate communities of the Palatine and Quirinal hills around 600 BC. From such humble beginnings grew a culture which, by the 1st Century AD, held dominion over much of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Caesar's legions were essential to the maintenance of these territories, and this book investigates the development and growth of the Roman fighting machine. The text explores the organization of the legions, as well as the motivation, the weapons, armor, equipment of the individual soldier.

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Table of contents

Early Roman armies - Rome's early history, the pre-Hoplite army, the Hoplite army; early Cavalry, the expansion of Roman military strength, manipular warfare, full colour plates; Republican Roman Army 200-104 BC - introduction, infantry equipment, organization of the legions, tactics, other arms, the Roman Legion in battle, bibliography, full colour plates; the Roman army from Caesar to Trajan - chronology, introduction, the composition of the army, entry, training and campaign routines, arms and armour, conclusion, full colour plates.