The Roman Army: The Greatest War Machine of the Ancient World

The Roman Army: The Greatest War Machine of the Ancient World

Hardback General Military

By (author) Chris McNab

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 244mm x 30mm | 1,102g
  • Publication date: 22 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 184908162X
  • ISBN 13: 9781849081627
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 31,171

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This book follows the Roman Army from the first armed citizens of the early Republic through the glorious heights of the Imperial legions to the shameful defeats inflicted upon the late Roman army by the Goths and Huns. Tracing the development of tactics, equipment and training, this book will give the reader an accessible yet detailed insight into the military force that enabled Rome to become the greatest empire the world has ever seen. Each of the four historical sections will focus on the changes in the army, but will also look at the talented men who transformed and led the army, such as Scipio Africanus, Caesar and Marcus Aurelius, and the momentous battles fought, including Cannae, Pharsalus, and Adrianople. This book describes the organisation of the forces, equipment and weaponry, uniforms, and development in tactics and warfare of the Roman Army.

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Chris McNab is an author and editor. To date he has published over 25 books, including Twentieth Century Small Arms (2001), Gunfighters -The Outlaws and their weapons (2005, contributing editor), The Personal Security Handbook (2003), The Encyclopedia of Combat Techniques (2002) and The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War (2000). He is the co-author of Tools of Violence (2008) and has recently completed Deadly Force (2009) and A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), all for Osprey. Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, including African-American Biographies (2006), USA 1950s (2006) and Reformation, Exploration and Empire (2005), and has contributed to The Times on the war in Iraq. "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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"As with all of Osprey's books, this one is full of detailed drawing and maps to enable the reader to easily follow the army's progress from its humble birth to its transformation into the stuff of legend." - "Military Heritage", December 2010"This book is a must for anyone interested in ancient history. And, best of all, while the original hardcover copy was reviewed here, an even cheaper paperback edition was released in 2012!"- "Toy Soldier & Model Figure "(May 2013)