In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman EmpireHardback
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- Publisher: Weidenfeld Military
- Format: Hardback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 164mm x 240mm x 37mm | 780g
- Publication date: 1 March 2004
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0297846663
- ISBN 13: 9780297846666
- Illustrations note: 24 B/W Photo\Illu(s),10 Map(s)
The Roman army was one of the most effective fighting forces in history. The legions and their commanders carved out an empire which eventually included the greater part of the known world. This was thanks largely to the generals who led the Roman army to victory after victory, and whose strategic and tactical decisions shaped the course of several centuries of warfare. This book, by the author of THE PUNIC WARS, concentrates on those Roman generals who displayed exceptional gifts of leadership and who won the greatest victories. With 26 chapters covering the entire span of the Roman Empire, it is a complete history of Roman warfare.
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Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR, was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptional work, original in treatment and impressive in style. His other books include THE PUNIC WARS, and the volume on ROMAN WARFARE in John Keegan's History of Warfare series.
'Here is a highly readable compendium of military experience; Goldsworthy knows his material inside out, and he concentrates on key episodes in the campaign of outstanding Roman commanders... This is a rewarding study of the luck and judgement of powerful men, and how they put it to use in the service of Rome's imperium. HISTORY TODAY (Nov 2003) .
Military power, according to Adrian Goldsworthy, defined the Roman Empire. This is a re-examination of its colourful history, focussing almost entirely on military campaigns, rather than the social and political backdrop. Goldsworthy makes no apologies for this narrow approach and is even remarkably self-deprecating about his own military experience. As a result, this may not be a typical history of the Roman Empire. It is, rather, a dense, well-reasoned and readable survey of power. It concentrates, chapter by chapter, on 15 of Rome1s most effective generals: some familiar names and episodes, other not. Neatly illustrated with contemporary quotes and drama after drama, it feels like reading a handful of gripping trailers for Gladiator. There are some wonderful anecdotes: the gladiator turned general Spartacus, confronting the Roman Senate army, apparently slit his own horse1s throat to demonstrate to his men that he would fight with them rather than run. In AD67 Emperor Nero, Goldsworthy writes, became the only competitor in the history of the Olympic Games to win all the events, including those in which he did not compete. Even for the most accomplished generals, success on the battlefield did not guarantee prosperity in Rome. Of the 15 generals surveyed, two were killed in combat, three were murdered, another was ordered by Nero to commit suicide, and two more died amid rumours of poison. (Kirkus UK)