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    DescriptionWritten by a leading authority on Roman military history, this fascinating volume spans over a thousand years as it offers a memorable picture of one of the world's most noted fighting forces, paying special attention to the life of the common soldier. Southern here illuminates the Roman army's history, culture, and organization, providing fascinating details on topics such as military music, holidays, strategy, the construction of Roman fortresses and forts, the most common battle formations, and the many tools of war, from spears, bows and arrows, swords, and slingshots, to the large catapulta (which fired giant arrows and bolts) and the ballista (which hurled huge stones). Perhaps most interesting are the details Southern provides about everyday life in the Roman army, everything from the soldiers pay (they were paid three times per year, but money was deducted for such items as food, clothing, weapons, the burial club, the pension scheme, and so on) to their often brutal life-if whole units turned and ran, about one-tenth of the men concerned were chosen by lot and clubbed to death and the rest were put on barley rations instead of wheat. Moreover, soldiers who lost weapons or their shields would fight savagely to get them back or would die in the process, rather than suffer the shame that attached to throwing weapons away or running from the battle. Attractively illustrated, this book offers a fascinating look at the life of the Roman soldier, drawing on everything from Rome's rich historical and archaeological record to soldier's personal correspondence to depictions of military subjects in literature and art.


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    Title
    The Roman Army
    Subtitle
    A Social and Institutional History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pat Southern
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195328783
    ISBN 10: 0195328787
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB, HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JWD, HBW
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Approval Code: A44253000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000
    DC22: 355.00937
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, HIS054000
    LC classification: U35 .S625 2007
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD, NHC, NHWA, JWCD
    Illustrations note
    3 maps, 32 halftones & line illus.
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    11 October 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Pat Southern has published nine books on the Roman army and on Roman history, including The Roman Cavalry (with Karen R. Dixon) and The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine. She has also written biographies of Mark Antony, Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Cleopatra. She lives in the UK.
    Review quote
    Southern knows her readership well and provides an easily accessible introduction to the world of the Roman Army. David W. Madsen, Bryn Mawr Classical Review